K-State Handles Binghamton, 10-4, Friday

MANHATTAN, Kan. Justin Bloxom had three hits and knocked four runs, while Brad Hutt pitched his second complete game of the season as Kansas State topped Binghamton, 10-4, Friday evening at Tointon Family Stadium. With the victory, K-State improves to 8-11, while Binghamton drops to 5-9.


Bloxom was a triple away from the cycle as he went 3-for-4 with four RBI and a run scored. He hit his team-leading third home run of the season in the first inning, a two-run shot over the right field wall off Binghamton starter Zach Groh (1-3). Following a walk in the third, Bloxom laced a double into the left centerfield gap in the fourth and singled to right field in the ninth. The Cats also got a pair of two-RBI games from Nate Tenbrink and Drew Biery. Tenbrink’s two RBI came by way of good situational hitting as he was 0-for-3 in the game, but recorded a RBI on a fielder’s choice in the third and another on a sacrifice fly in the ninth.


Hutt (2-2) earned his first victory as the starter this season and the first since a 5-1 decision against Nebraska in the 2007 Big 12 Championship. The senior moved into sole possession of second place on the school’s career wins list at 20 and is five wins away from tying Andy Replogle (1973-75) for first. He allowed just two earned runs on 10 hits only one going for extra bases in 120 pitches.


For the third-straight game, K-State was the first to score the game’s first runs, as they scratched across two runs in the first frame. Dane Yelovich led the inning of with his seventh bunt-single of the season. Following a strikeout and a groundout, Bloxom blasted a 2-0 pitch over the right-field wall to put K-State up 2-0.


However, as quickly as the Cats took the lead, Binghamton came right back with two of its own to tie the game in the top of the second. The Bearcats moved station-to-station with three-straight singles to begin the inning. Jeff Abrams approached with the bases loaded and grounded into a double play for the first to outs of the inning, but did bring in Kyle Klee for the Bearcats’ first run. Brian Ivan followed with another single, which brought home Ken Jacobi from third to tie the game at two apiece.


Following a scoreless bottom of the second and top of the third, Kansas State broke out for three runs in the bottom half of the third and never looked back. The Cats loaded the bases to start off the inning without even recording a hit, as a walk by Jordan Cruz and Bloxom were sandwiched around a Biery hit-by-pitch. Tenbrink brought home Cruz and moved Biery to third on a fielder’s choice as Bloxom was out at second. Biery scored on a balk by Groh and Tenbrink scored on a single by Adam Muenster to put the Cats up 5-2.


K-State tallied another two runs in the fourth when Bloxom brought in Yelovich, who reached on a hit-by-pitch, and Cruz, who singled, with his double to left center, pushing K-State’s advantage to five at 7-2.


The game went scoreless for the next three innings before K-State grabbed its final three runs in the eighth. Brett Scott led the inning off with a walk, stole second base and was then safe when Binghamton pitcher Matt Simone tried to throw him out at third on a bunt by Yelovich. Yelovich stole second and set up Biery for a two-RBI single up the middle. Biery went first to third on Bloxom’s single and then scored on Tenbrink’s sacrifice fly.


Game two of the three-game series between Kansas State and Binghamton is set for a 2 p.m. first pitch Saturday at Tointon Family Stadium.