K-State Run-Rules Cougars, 20-2

MANHATTAN, Kan. -- Kansas State equaled its season-best by hitting four home runs, while four Wildcat pitchers limited Chicago State to three hits as the No. 20 Wildcats run-ruled the Cougars, 20-2, in seven innings Wednesday afternoon at Tointon Family Stadium.

The victory pushed K-State's season record to 29-10, tying the 1976 squad for the best mark through 39 games in school history. Chicago State fell to 2-35 with the loss.

K-State matched its four-home run contest against Western Michigan on March 2. The three hits allowed by K-State pitching also tied for the lowest total allowed by the Wildcats this season after limiting Harvard to a trio of base hits on March 7.

Coupled with their 27 runs against Western Michigan earlier this year, the Wildcats reached the 20-run plateau twice in the same season for the first time since back-to-back games in 2006.

Adam Muenster, Blair DeBord, Matt Giller and Tanner Witt each recorded their second home runs of the season. Witt, who picked up his first-career homer on Tuesday, blasted his second in as many days against Cougar pitching.

With his 3-for-4 day, Muenster pushed his career-long hitting streak to 21 games to move into fourth in school history.

Justin Lindsey (4-2) earned the win in a predetermined start. He worked three innings, allowing one run on one hit with a walk and two strikeouts. The right-hander, along with Matt Applegate and Tyler Sturges, combined to retire 15-consecutive batters from the second until the Cougars recorded a leadoff double in the seventh and final inning.

Daniel Dellasega, who went 3-for-4 with three RBI, tied his career-high with two doubles. The senior began the game's scoring with a first-inning shot off the wall in center field to plate two runs.

Giller drove home three of his career-high tying four RBI on a bases-clearing double later in the inning to give K-State an early five-run advantage.

Giller and Dellasega came up big again in a four-run third. Giller began the frame with a solo-home run over the wall in left-field, while Dellasega drove another run-scoring double into center field. He then scored on a single by Kent Urban to make the score 10-1.

DeBord, who also recorded four RBI to set a new career high, smashed a two-run homer over the wall in left-field to cap a five-run fifth. His homer came one at-bat after pinch-hitter Ryan Moore delivered a two-run double.

Moore and DeBord teamed up to drive in three more runs in the sixth when Moore's bases-loaded infield single brought home a run. DeBord followed with a two-run hit to center before Mike Kindel singled in another run to make the score 20-1.

K-State hits the road this weekend with an important three-game Big 12 series at Oklahoma. The set begins with a 6:30 p.m., first pitch Friday at L. Dale Mitchell Park.