Wildcats Sweep BYU After 6-3 Win Tuesday

MANHATTAN, Kan. Three Wildcats recorded multi-hit games and K-State’s bullpen continues to impress as Kansas State swept a mid-week series from BYU after a 6-3 win Tuesday at Tointon Stadium. With the win, K-State improved to 11-2 on the season, while BYU dropped to 8-5.


The Wildcat bullpen has gotten off to a remarkable start this season and Tuesday was no different as relievers A.J. Morris, Tyler Ruch and Daniel Edwards combined for 5.0 innings of work and allowed just one earned run on three hits. Morris (2-0) picked up the win after 2.1 innings of work after giving up one earned run on three hits in relief of starter Chase Bayuk. Bayuk went 4.0 innings Tuesday, surrendering one run on two hits with four walks and five strikeouts.


The Cougars got off to a hot start as Stephen Wells led off the game with a triple to center and Collin Fanning followed with a walk. But, Bayuk settled in and surrendered just one run on a double steal before pitching out of the inning. K-State had scoring opportunities with runners at second and third in the first and the bases loaded in the second but could not capitalize.


The Cats managed to tie the game with one run in the bottom of the fourth as Brett Scott singled and moved to third on a successful hit-and-run by Nate Tenbrink. Derek Bunker’s sacrifice fly to right plated Scott and tied the score.


The Wildcats then pushed across three runs in the fifth and two more in the sixth to up the margin to 6-1. Tyler Link led off the fifth with a single and promptly moved to second on a wild pitch. Byron Wiley followed with a single to score Link and Eli Rumler then doubled down the line in right. On Rumler’s double, BYU right fielder Collin Fanning’s wild throw into the infield allowed Bloxom, who had reached on a fielder’s choice, to race home and give the Cats a 3-1 lead. Scott’s sacrifice fly then plated Rumler for a 4-1 K-State lead.


Wiley then drove in another run in the sixth after Bunker and Adam Muenster reached on a single and error, respectively. After two strikeouts with runners on first and third, Wiley and Munster executed a double steal, allowing Muenster to score the sixth run of the game for K-State.


BYU added two runs in the seventh inning off Morris, one of which was earned, but Ruch came in and got an inning-ending double play to end the threat. Ruch and Edwards, who earned his fourth save, retired the final seven batters of the game to close out the win.


The Cougars’ Jake Wortham (2-2) suffered the loss after giving up four runs on six hits over 4.1 innings.


Wiley, the Big 12 Conference leader in on-base percentage, went 2-for-4 with two RBI, while Link added two hits in four at-bats and Tenbrink finished 2-for-2 with a walk on the afternoon.


Kansas State hosts North Dakota State this weekend for a three-game series at Tointon Stadium. First pitch on Friday is set for 3 p.m.