Bayuk Strong in 6-1 Win Saturday

MANHATTAN, Kan. Chase Bayuk pitched eight strong innings and a four-run first inning set the tone as Kansas State beat Central Michigan, 6-1, Saturday afternoon at Tointon Stadium. With the win, Kansas State moved to 16-4 overall, and won its seventh straight home game this season, while Central Michigan fell to 7-9.


Bayuk, a junior, moved to 2-0 on the season after a solid outing on Saturday in which he retired eight of the first nine batters he faced and 16 of the first 19 through six innings. On the day, Bayuk allowed one run, which was unearned, on four hits while striking out three and walking three.


K-State jumped out to a 4-0 lead after one inning after scoring four times on just one hit. Central Michigan starting pitcher Chris Kupillas (1-2) allowed four walks and hit two batters in the first inning as an Adam Muenster single to lead off the frame provided the only hit in the first. The Cats sent 10 men to the plate and scored four times to take the early 4-0 lead.


The Cats added two runs in the bottom of the fifth as Nate Tenbrink doubled to straight away center with one out and moved third on a balk. Justin Bloxom then drove in Tenbrink with a single to center and moved to second on a stolen base. Tyler Ruch then singled through the right side to plate Bloxom as the Cats extended their lead to 6-0.


Bayuk allowed just one bloop single through six innings until consecutive hits to start the seventh gave the Chippewas a scoring opportunity. But, Bayuk got two fly outs and a ground out to end the inning. Central Michigan got on the board in the eighth with an unearned run as a dropped pop up extended the inning. A double down the line by Noah Lankford followed and plated Central Michigan’s lone run of the game.


Justin Murray pitched a 1-2-3 ninth inning with two strikeouts to close out the win.


Tenbrink had the lone multi-hit game Saturday, going 2-for-3 with two runs scored, while Ruch drove in two runs with a single and a hit batsman. Byron Wiley had his eight-game hitting streak snapped after going 0-for-3 at the plate.


Kansas State will look for the series sweep on Sunday as the Wildcats and Chippewas meet at 11 a.m. in the series finale.