Cats Fall, 8-3, to No. 10 Shockers

MANHATTAN, Kan. Kansas State jumped out to a 3-0 lead after two innings, but Wichita State scored eight unanswered runs over the final seven innings as the No. 10 Shockers knocked off the Wildcats, 8-3, Tuesday night before 2,197 fans at Tointon Stadium. With the loss, K-State fell to 18-7 on the season, while Wichita State improved to 22-5.


Wichita State reliever Noah Booth (2-0) earned the win in relief after tossing 3.1 perfect innings after the Cats had opened up a 3-0 lead. K-State chased Shocker starter Anthony Capra after three innings as the lefty surrendered three runs on four hits with four strikeouts over the 3.0 innings. Booth came into the game with two outs in the fourth and went on to retire all 10 batters he faced for the win.


The Cats broke through against Capra for the game’s first run in the first as Jordan Cruz singled up the middle with one out and promptly stole second. Drew Biery then doubled to left center to plate Cruz for a 1-0 K-State lead. The Cats pushed across two more runs in the second to take a 3-0 lead as Rob Vaughn stayed hot at the plate and picked up his fifth hit in as many at-bats, a double down the line in left to score Brett Scott and Adam Muenster. Muenster had reached on a fielder’s choice while Scott singled to center.


Wichita State then scored one run in the third and two more in the fifth off K-State starter Todd Vogel to tie the game at three. Then in the sixth, Wichita State grabbed its first lead of the game as two hits off Vogel and two hits off reliever Jason Linn plated two runs as the Shockers took a 5-3 lead.


Three Shocker solo homers followed, two by Matt Brown, to plate the final three runs of the game as Wichita State upped its lead to 8-3.


Vogel had a solid outing on Tuesday as the sophomore scattered five hits and three runs with no walks and two strikeouts over 4.1 innings. Linn (1-2) was saddled with the loss after giving up the go-ahead run in the fifth. A.J. Morris, Tyler Ruch and Trevor Hurley combined for the final 3.2 innings, giving up a combined four runs on six hits with three strikeouts.


Six different Wildcats each recorded one hit on the night, while Vaughn drove in two of the three runs to give him five hits and five RBI over his last two games.


Kansas State returns to Big 12 play this weekend as Texas Tech visits Tointon Stadium for a three-game series. First pitch on Friday is set for 6:30 p.m., while Saturday’s game will be broadcast live on Fox Sports Midwest at 2 p.m. Sunday’s finale will begin at 1 p.m.