Cats Take Series With Doubleheader Sweep

MANHATTAN, Kan. Kansas State won both games of the Sunday doubleheader against Le Moyne in two different fashions as the Wildcats defeated Le Moyne in a close, one-run contest in game one, winning 4-3, and then running past the Dolphins in game two, 10-1, at Tointon Family Stadium. With the doubleheader sweep, K-State evens its record at 6-6 on the year while Le Moyne falls to 3-10.


The Cats scored 15 runs on just 10 hits in the two games combined, while Le Moyne had six errors, walked 10 batters and also hit another two Cats in the two games. Dane Yelovich, Tyler Ruch and Brett Scott all registered two RBI over the two games to lead the Cats offensively. Yelovich and Byron Wiley each had two hits in the twin-bill.


A.J. Morris (1-0) collected the win in game one, going five innings as he allowed three runs on six hits. He also struck out six batters, which tied the career high he originally set against Illinois State on May 15 last year. Daniel Edwards picked up his third save of the season as he sat the Dolphins down in order in the ninth inning. The save was the 17th of his career, just one shy of tying the school’s career record of 18 held by David Johnson from 1994-97. Daniel Tunison took the loss for Le Moyne in game one as he dropped to 0-1 on the season.


Brad Hutt (1-2) was the Wildcat winning pitcher in the second game after throwing four scoreless innings in relief. The victory tied him for second in career wins at K-State with Jeff Peterson (1974-75), as both now have 19. It was his first relief appearance in over two years as he last came out of the bullpen on May 1, 2005, at Kansas. Le Moyne starter Corey Nelson took the loss (0-2) after giving up three runs on two hits in six innings.


The Wildcats scratched across the game’s first run in the bottom of the second of game one. With one out, Drew Biery singled to centerfield and moved first to third on a Justin Bloxom double to left center. Biery then scored on a Jason King groundout to first.


Le Moyne came right back and scored two runs both with two outs in the third to take the lead. Morris walked the No. 9 batter Robert Perez, who then stole second base. He then scored on a single to centerfield by Stephen Crawford. Crawford moved to second base on the throw into the infield and then scored on an RBI single to left by Matt Nandin to give the Dolphins the 2-1 lead.


As quickly as the Dolphins took the lead, the Wildcats promptly scored two of their own in the bottom half of the third to take the lead back from Le Moyne. Brett Scott led the inning off with a walk and moved second on a Yelovich bunt single. Both runners moved up 90 feet on a Wiley sac bunt. With one out in the inning, Jordan Cruz grounded out to first, which scored Scott and moved Yelovich to third. Yelovich then scored on the first of three Dolphin wild pitches to push the Cats out to a 3-2 lead.


Following a scoreless fourth inning, Le Moyne tied things up with an unearned run in the fifth. Crawford led the inning off with a single through the middle and moved to second on a failed pickoff attempt by Morris. Matt Nandin then sacrificed Crawford to third and Corey O’Neill followed with a RBI groundout to short to score Crawford.


With the scored tied at three apiece, K-State used plate discipline and clutch hitting to take the lead. Rob Vaughn walked to lead off the inning and then moved to second on an executed sacrifice bunt by Scott. Yelovich then pulled a 2-1 pitch down the left field line for a double, which scored Vaughn from second.


Lance Hoge came on in relief in to start the sixth and was nearly perfect in his three innings pitched to hold the lead for the Wildcats. He allowed just one hit and retired the first eight men he faced before a two-out single by Phil St. Amant. Following the single, Hoge then coaxed a groundout by Chris Edmondson to finish off the side and set the game up for Edwards in the ninth.


Le Moyne scored the first run in the top of the third in game two as it got its leadoff man, Alejandro Del Valle, on with a single. He moved to second on a walk and to third on a groundout. Matt Brown drove in Perez with a RBI fielder’s choice. However, that would be all the Dolphins could get against a trio of K-State pitchers.


Kansas State went scoreless for the first five innings, but tied things up at 1-1 without recording a hit in the sixth. With two outs in the inning, Yelovich walked and then stole second base. The speedy Yelovich then stole third, but on the throw, Le Moyne catcher Rich Brown threw the ball into left field, allowing Yelovich to easily score.


The wheels then came off for the Dolphins as the Wildcats plated five runs on just two hits in the seventh. Nate Tenbrink started the big inning with a single through the right side and scored on a pair of stolen bases and a passed ball. Drew Biery and Justin Bloxom had back-to-back walks, followed by a bunt single by Wiley. Both Biery and Bloxom scored on a fielding error by the second baseman from the bat of pinch hitter Derek Bunker. Another Dolphin error, this time put into play by Scott, allowed Wiley to score from third and Bunker to move to third. Bunker scored the inning’s final run on a sacrifice bunt by Yelovich, which gave the Cats a 6-1 lead.


K-State scored another four in the eighth inning with two singles, another error Dolphin error, a walk and a hit-by-pitch, which gave the Cats the final tally of 10-1.


Kansas State continues its home stand with a midweek game against Washington State on Tuesday. First pitch from Tointon Stadium is set for 6:30 p.m.