BYU Rallies Past K-State

PROVO, Utah Kansas State was unable to hold a 5-2 lead on Wednesday afternoon at Miller Field, as BYU rallied to a 6-5, 10-inning victory over the Wildcats to capture the midweek series.


K-State (7-11) tallied seven hits on the day with freshman Jason King leading the way with two hits, including a double, and a run scored. The Wildcats were held to one hit after the fifth inning and left 10 runners on base for the game. K-State also committed three errors, while the Cougars were responsible for five errors that led to four of the Wildcats’ five runs.


BYU (9-10) secured the win with four runs over the last five innings, including the game-winner on a 10th inning Thomas Bills single down the left field line to plate Steve Parker, who reached by way of a walk to lead-off the inning.


Just like they did on Tuesday night, the Wildcats got on the board in the first inning, but this time did so without even recording a hit. Dane Yelovich led the inning off reaching by way of an error. He then stole both second and third base after a failed sacrifice bunt attempt by Jordan Cruz, and then scored on a balk by BYU starting pitcher Cameron Welch to tally the first run.


In the top of the second K-State continued its early offensive success, as six of the first eight batters reached base to trigger a three-run inning. King led things off with a double down the left field line and then moved to third. Following a Daniel Dellasega lineout to left field, King moved to third on a wild pitch and scored on a Brett Scott single to give the Cats a 2-0 lead. Yelovich followed with a bunt single, which allowed Scott to go from first to third. Welch tried to pick the speedy Yelovich off first base, but threw the ball into the dirt, which allowed Scott to score. Following a Cruz walk, Muenster chopped a ball in to the right side of the infield, which the pitcher fielded, but threw the ball by his first baseman, which allowed Yelovich to score and give the Cats a 4-0 lead.


BYU came back with a pair of runs in the second, which knocked Bayuk out of the game. Kasey Ko led the inning off with a single and then moved to second on an error off the bat of Jonathan Cluff. A Bills walk loaded the bases and a J.T. Musso sacrifice fly knocked in Ko for the Cougars’ first run. Brandon Relf followed with a single to center to score Cluff, as he had advanced to third on the sacrifice fly.


Todd Vogel relieved Bayuk and tempered the BYU attack for the next 4.1 innings. Vogel retired 13 of the 14 batters he faced before being relieved in the bottom of the sixth by Thomas Rooke.


Kansas State extended its advantage to 5-2 in the fourth with a lead-off infield single by Cruz. He advanced to second on a single by Adam Muenster. Both runners advanced a base on the play on a throwing error by Cluff. Cruz scored on a ground out by Carter Jurica.


However, the Cougars tied the game at five apiece with runs in the sixth, seventh and eighth innings. A Cluff single in the sixth scored Kent Walton, while a wild pitch by Lance Hoge scored Musso for a 5-4 K-Sate lead. A sacrifice fly by Bills in the eighth evened the score at five and BYU captured the win in the 10th on the Bills single to left.


The Wildcats return home for a three-game weekend series against Binghamton. First pitch on Friday is set for 6:30 p.m. at Tointon Family Stadium.