Big Innings Doom K-State Saturday

COLLEGE STATION, Texas - Texas A&M scored seven runs over the final three innings, including four in the seventh, as the Aggies evened the three-game Big 12 Conference series against No. 23 Kansas State with a 10-2 victory Saturday afternoon at Olsen Field.

Texas A&M improved to 35-19-1 overall and 13-12-1 in Big 12 play. The Wildcats, who are in search of school records for both total conference victories and Big 12 finish, fell to 35-17 on the year and 14-11 in league play.

The Aggies received most of their production from third baseman Andrew Collazo, who went 2-for-2 with three RBI, including a two-run homer in the sixth inning to push A&M to a 5-1 lead. Catcher Kevin Gonzalez added a two-RBI single as part of the seventh-inning outburst that opened up the game at 9-1.

Wildcat starter Kyle Hunter (8-2) took his second-straight loss, but kept K-State close through his 5.1 innings of work. After giving up a two-run double to Joe Patterson in the first inning, Hunter pitched scoreless second and third innings before allowing another run-scoring double in the fourth.

The Wildcats were down 3-1 heading into the sixth, but Collazo's homer increased the lead to 5-1 and proved to be the final pitch for the sophomore hurler.

Despite scoring just two runs and leaving 11 men on base, the Wildcats received great offensive performances from Carter Jurica and Chase Graskewicz. Jurica went 4-for-5 - his fourth four-hit game of the season - and finished a triple shy of the cycle.

The Katy, Texas product hammered a leadoff home run in the fifth inning, his 11th of the season and sixth in the last 10 contests.

Graskewicz, who made his third-straight start as the designated hitter, was 3-for-3 with a walk. In the two games against the Aggies, the Hudson, Wis., product is 4-for-6 with three walks and a pair of runs scored.

Nick Martini went hitless for just the fourth time this season, but drew a third-inning walk to continue his streak of reaching base in every game during his sophomore campaign.

Kansas State will attempt to record its most conference victories and highest Big 12 finish in school history in the regular-season finale Sunday at Olsen Field. First pitch is set for 1:05 p.m., and will be televised throughout the state of Kansas on Cox Communication's Kansas 22.