Cats Top Chicago State, 12-4
Cats Top Chicago State, 12-4
MANHATTAN, Kan. - Kansas State scored four times in three different innings to cruise to a 12-4 victory over Chicago State Tuesday evening at Tointon Family Stadium. The Wildcats, who ended their brief two-game losing skid with the win, moved to 28-10 overall, while the Cougars fell to 2-34.
Kansas State recorded seven extra-base hits in the contest, including six doubles and Tanner Witt's first career home run. The Wildcats also stole 10 bases to tie the school record originally set on March 17, 1979, against Creighton.
K-State's 12 runs were the most since tallying 13 against Nebraska on April 10, while its 17 hits were the most since 18 at BYU on April 14.
Five different Wildcats registered multi-hit games, including three-hit contests by Nick Martini, Mike Kindel and Matt Giller. Martini, Adam Muenster and Chase Graskewicz drove in two runs apiece.
Muenster, who went 2-for-5, improved his career-best hitting streak to 20 games to tie for fourth in school history. Coupled with Martini's 26-game hitting streak earlier this year, two Wildcats have logged hitting streaks of 20 or more games in the same season for the first time in school history.
Starting pitcher Kayvon Bahramzadeh (1-2) earned the first win of his sophomore campaign as he allowed three runs on five hits in six innings of work, but had to battle back from rough second and third frames.
With K-State up 4-0 after the first, Chicago State came back with a pair of runs in the second on a bases-loaded suicide squeeze by Albert Carpen before Bahramzadeh walked in a run.
The Cougars then pulled to within one in the third when Patrick Hernandez hit a solo home run over the left-field wall to make the score 4-3.
But Bahramzadeh, who tied his career high with seven strikeouts, came back to record five-straight punch outs over the fifth and sixth innings to keep the Cougars at bay.
The Kansas State offense responded to its pitcher as the Cats sent nine men to the plate for the second time in the game during the fifth. The Wildcats received RBI singles from Graskewicz and Carter Jurica, which were sandwiched between a two-RBI double from Muenster to chase Chicago State starter Gregory Day (0-3) from the game.
The Wildcats added four more runs in the eighth inning when Kindel doubled to put runners on second and third before Giller singled to score a run. Ryan Moore, who pinch ran for Giller, stole second base and, as the throw went into center field, another run scored and Moore moved to third. The freshman then came across on a Graskewicz sacrifice fly before Witt's homer sealed the victory.
K-State's four runs in the first were thanks to three-consecutive doubles from Jurica, Martini and Kent Urban. Kindel also added a run-scoring single in the frame.
Michael Carpen, Hernandez and Albert Carpen each collected two hits to lead the Cougars.
The Wildcats conclude their two-game series with Chicago State on Wednesday with a 1 p.m. first pitch at Tointon Family Stadium.