Hutt Fires Complete-Game Shutout Friday

MANHATTAN, Kan. Brad Hutt tossed a complete-game shutout and Kansas State scored runs in each of the last four innings as the Wildcats blanked North Dakota State, 7-0, in game one of a three-game series Friday at Tointon Stadium. With the win, K-State improved to 12-2 on the season, while North Dakota State fell to 2-3.


Hutt (4-0) won his fourth straight decision of the year on Friday and was dominant against the Bison. The junior struck out a career-high 10 batters and faced 29 total batters in the game, just two over the minimum. Hutt also became the first Wildcat since Chase Mitchell in 2005 to throw a complete-game, nine-inning shutout.


After retiring the first eight batters of the game, Hutt gave up a two-out single, but promptly picked the runner off of first to end the inning. In all, Hutt allowed just one runner to reach second base and never allowed multiple runners to reach base in the same inning.


North Dakota State’s Jake Laber (1-1) suffered the loss after surrendering one run on two hits with seven walks in 5.0 innings of work.


Kansas State didn’t record its first hit until the fifth inning as Byron Wiley slipped a single through the right side. After stealing second, Wiley came around to score as Nate Tenbrink doubled over the right fielder’s head to give the Cats a 1-0 lead. Eli Rumler’s run-scoring single in the sixth upped the margin to 2-0 before the Wildcats put the game away with two runs in the seventh and three more in the eighth.


In the seventh, pinch hitters Eddie Vasquez and Tyler Ruch delivered as Vasquez legged out an infield single before scoring on Ruch’s double down the left field line. Ruch then came in to score the Cats’ fourth run of the game as Rob Vaughn reached on a throwing error, which allowed Ruch to score.


Tenbrink’s two-run single through the right side and Justin Bloxom’s single to left plated the last three runs of the game in the eighth inning as K-State put the game out of reach at 7-0.


Vasquez and Ruch each had two hits off the bench for Kansas State, while Tenbrink finished 2-for-3 with three RBI. Tenbrink has hit safely in each of the last four games and has six hits in his last nine at-bats with eight RBI, all of which have come with two outs.


Kansas State and North Dakota State continue play Saturday with a 2 p.m. game at Tointon Stadium.