BYU Tops K-State, 7-1

PROVO, Utah Brigham Young starter Nelson Castleberry gave up just one run on four hits in his first career complete game as BYU took game one of a two-game series from Kansas State, 7-1, Tuesday evening at Miller Field.


Kansas State (7-10) had no answer for Castleberry (2-2) after the first inning in which the Wildcats scored their only run of the night. The freshman righty walked just three batters, struck out nine and at one point retired nine-straight Wildcats.


Sean McNaughton led BYU’s charge with a 4-for-5 effort with two doubles and three runs scored. Dan Vargas was 3-for-4 with two RBI and one run scored.


The Wildcats got off to a quick start in the first inning with a double by Jordan Cruz. He then moved to third on a wild pitch and scored when Byron Wiley reached on an error by the centerfielder.


Down 1-0, BYU (8-10) responded with two runs in the bottom of the first off K-State starter A.J. Morris (1-1). McNaughton and Vargas led the inning off with back-to-back doubles, the latter scoring McNaughton from second as Wiley bobbled the ball, which allowed Vargas to go to third. Vargas then scored on a sacrifice fly to put the Cougars on top 2-1.  


BYU got another run in the third as they got a leadoff walk from Jonathan Cluff. Cluff went from first to third on a single and an error off the bat of J.T. Musso, and then scored on a fielder choice, which put BYU up 3-1.


The Cats had golden opportunities second, third and fourth innings to do some damage as they had runners in scoring position in all three innings. However, K-State did not cash in on those chances, and the Cats didn’t get another runner in scoring position until the ninth, which, by that time, the game was well out of reach.


After four scoreless innings, BYU put the game away with three runs in the seventh and another in the eighth. In the seventh, the Cougars got a leadoff double from McNaughton, who moved to third on a sac bunt and scored on a wild pitch. Walton followed with a single to centerfield and stole both second and third before a Steve Parker walk. Kasey Ko recorded an RBI groundout to score Walton and Parker scored from second on a single by Bryce Ayoso.


In the eighth, McNaughton recorded a two-out single and went to second on a wild pitch, K-State’s fourth of the evening. He scored from second on a double by Vargas, which gave the Cougars the final tally of 7-1.


Kansas State will conclude its two-game series with BYU on Wednesday with a 1 p.m. (CT) first pitch at Miller Field.