K-State Downs Newman, 7-1
K-State Downs Newman, 7-1
MANHATTAN, Kan. - Seven Kansas State pitchers limited Newman to just one run while the Wildcats scored five times in the second inning as K-State topped the Jets, 7-1, Tuesday evening at Tointon Family Stadium.
Kansas State moved to 16-3 on the season following its final non-conference game before Big 12 play begins. Newman dropped to 13-15 on the year.
Sophomore Kyle Hunter (4-0) picked up the win in a predetermined pitch-count start. The left-hander pitched two scoreless innings, allowing one hit with no walks and a pair of strikeouts.
Hunter was followed by Justin Lindsey, who tossed another two scoreless innings with two punchouts.
Over the next five frames, five K-State relievers combined to allow one run on five hits with three walks and five strikeouts to keep the Jets in check. Kayvon Bahramzadeh and Matt Applegate led the way for the final five Wildcat hurlers as they did not allow a hit in either of their innings of work.
"I think it was particularly important to pitch as many guys as we did," said head coach Brad Hill. "(Kyle) Hunter and (Justin) Lindsey hadn't pitched in a while. Hunter is going to start on Sunday, while Lindsey is going to be a big part of our bullpen coming up. We were also able to run out a couple young kids who hadn't pitched in a long time."
The K-State offense exploded for five runs on five hits in the second inning. K-State received a pair of two-RBI singles from Jake Brown and Adam Muenster, and Muenster stole home to cap the scoring. It marked the Wildcats' first steal of home since Jason King last season at Oklahoma State.
Kansas State added two more runs in the fifth when Mike Kindel walked and moved to third on a wild pitch. Following a fly out, Matt Giller laid down a perfect suicide squeeze bunt to plate Kindel. After Giller stole second base, Brown came through with his third RBI of the contest when he singled through the right side of the infield to give K-State a 7-0 advantage.
The Jets got on the scoreboard in the seventh with a bases-loaded single by Kori Melo to bring home Mike Williams.
Brown led K-State offensively with two hits and three RBI, the second time this season he has driven in at least three runs. Muenster also added a multi-RBI game,going 1-for-4 with two RBI.
Nick Martini recorded a 2-for-4 contest with a triple to extend his hitting streak to 16 games. The streak ties for 10th-longest in school history and is the longest since Muenster's 18-game streak in 2008.
Newman starting pitcher Steven Trevino (3-3) took the loss, surrendering five runs on seven hits with two walks in three innings of work. Ryan Peterson paced the Jets at the plate with two hits.
Kansas State opens conference play this weekend when it hosts Oklahoma State in a three-game series beginning Friday. First pitch is set for 6:30 p.m., at Tointon Family Stadium.