Wildcats Launch Three Home Runs in 11-1 Win

MANHATTAN, Kan. A grand slam by freshman Jason King highlighted a five-run first inning and a three-home run night by Kansas State as the Wildcats routed Creighton, 11-1, Wednesday evening at Tointon Family Stadium. With the win, K-State evened its record at 11-11, while the Bluejays fell to 15-7.


The Wildcats pounded out 16 hits, with four Cats recording multi-hit games. Justin Bloxom was 4-for-5 with three RBI, while King was 3-for-5 with five RBI and was a triple away from hitting for the cycle. Drew Biery also collected three hits on the night, two of which were doubles. Bloxom, King and Carter Jurica tallied multi-RBI games for the Cats, who tied their season high in runs.


K-State starter A.J. Morris (2-1) threw five solid innings to pick up the win. The sophomore allowed seven hits, but gave up just one run, while striking out two batters in 92 pitches. The one run he allowed came in the second inning as Creighton’s Ian Dike hit a two-out single with runners on second in third. Steve Winkelmann scored from third on the hit, but Vicente Cafaro was thrown out at the plate by King from right field to end the inning and hold the Jays to their lone run.  


K-State tagged Creighton starter Joe Bonfe (1-2) for five runs in the bottom of the first inning. Following a pair of one-out walks by Biery and Jordan Cruz, Bloxom singled through the right side to drive in Biery for the Cats’ first run of the inning and move Cruz to third. Nate Tenbrink forced a walk on a full-count pitch to load the bases for King and the switch-hitting freshman jumped on the first ball he saw from Bonfe, hitting it over the 22-foot wall in right for the grand slam. It was the first Wildcat grand slam in one year and one day, as Rob Vaughn hit one at Texas on March 25, 2007.


The aerial assault continued in the second as Bloxom hit an opposite-field home run to push the margin to 6-1. The round-tripper was Bloxom’s fourth of the year and second in the past three games, as the sophomore hit one last Saturday against Binghamton.


In the fourth, K-State used singles and sacrifices to plate another run as Brett Scott singled, moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Jurica and scored on a single by Biery.


The Cats grabbed another two runs in both the sixth and eighth innings. In the sixth, Scott recorded his second hit of the night and then stole second, his fifth stolen bag of the season. Jurica followed Scott with his third home run of the year as he turned on a 2-2 pitch and hit it over the left-field wall for a two-run shot to extend the K-State lead to 9-1.


In the eight, Biery hit his second double of the evening to left centerfield and scored on a Bloxom single up the middle. Tenbrink then reached on a fielder’s choice and scored from first on King’s double to push across the Cats’ final run.


The Wildcats return to conference play on Friday as they host Oklahoma State to kick off a three-game series. First pitch Friday is set for 6:30 p.m. at Tointon Family Stadium.