Scott's Walk-off Blast Lifts Cats to Sweep

MANHATTAN, Kan. Brett Scott’s three-run, walk-off homer in the bottom of the 11th inning lifted Kansas State as the Wildcats rallied for a 6-3 win over North Dakota State Sunday to complete a three-game series sweep of the Bison. With the win, K-State improved to 14-2 on the season, while North Dakota State fell to 2-5.


Scott came up big for the Wildcats twice on Sunday as the junior came off the bench for a pinch-hit RBI-single in the bottom of the ninth to send the game into extra innings. Then in the 11th inning, Daniel Dellasega was hit by a pitch with one out and Derek Bunker followed with a walk. Scott then lifted a 3-1 fastball over the wall in left for his first collegiate homer and lifted the Cats to the sweep.


Scott’s heroics made a winner of Daniel Edwards (2-0), who came in and retired three in a row in the top of the frame. K-State’s bullpen was strong once again as Trevor Hurley struck out six batters in 3.2 innings after coming into the game in the seventh inning.


North Dakota State’s Seth Foley (1-1) suffered the loss after giving up the three runs in the pivotal 11th inning.


Neither team could produce runs early in the game, but K-State finally grabbed a 1-0 lead in the sixth inning when Eli Rumler drove in Nate Tenbrink with a sacrifice fly. Tenbrink had tripled to the gap in right center with one out prior to Rumler’s at-bat.


The Bison took a 3-1 lead in the seventh inning as a one-out throwing error by Tenbrink got things going and three straight hits off reliever Jason Linn plated three Bison runs.


Jordan Cruz came off the bench in the eighth inning and connected on his first home run as a Wildcat to draw the Wildcats to within one run at 3-2.


K-State then tied the game in the ninth inning as Adam Muenster led off with a bunt single and moved to second on a Dellasega walk. After a pop up and a fly out, Scott came through with his first big hit with a single through the left side to plate Muenster.


Bunker paced the Wildcats’ 13-hit attack on Sunday, while Scott, Byron Wiley, Tenbrink and Rumler each had two hits. Scott’s four RBI on the day were also a career-high.


Starting pitcher Chase Bayuk struck out five and walked four while allowing just three hits in 5.0 innings of work.


Kansas State returns to action Tuesday when it travels to Tempe, Ariz., for two games at No. 11 Arizona State. First pitch on Tuesday and Wednesday is set for 9 p.m. CT.