Cats Cap Homestand With 13-6 Win

MANHATTAN, Kan. Kansas State pounded out 15 hits and scored 13 runs as the Wildcats completed their nine-game homestand with a 13-6 victory over Central Arkansas Wednesday afternoon at Tointon Family Stadium.


With the win, K-State improved its record to 15-12 and finished its the longest homestand of the season with an 8-1 record. Central Arkansas dropped to 12-17 with the loss.


Nate Tenbrink led the Wildcats offensively as the junior went two-for-three with four RBI, bringing in two runs on a fifth-inning home run and another two on a sixth-inning double. Freshman Carter Jurica was three-for-five with two RBI and three runs scored. On the day, Kansas State totaled six doubles, one home run and 12 RBI.


Kansas State used eight pitchers on the afternoon, with freshman Justin Aragon picking up his first win in a Wildcat uniform as he struck out two of the three batters he faced in his one inning pitched. Starter Todd Vogel went two innings, striking out four and did not allow a hit.


The game went scoreless for the first two innings before the Wildcats put up two runs in the third off Central Arkansas starter Matt Whitaker (2-2). Byron Wiley singled through the right side, went to second on a sacrifice bunt and then moved to third on a wild pitch during Brett Scott’s at bat, who eventually walked. Following a groundout, Adam Muenster doubled down the leftfield line which brought home both Wiley and Scott and gave the Cats a 2-0 lead.


K-State grabbed another run in the fourth when Jurica doubled to lead off the inning and was then brought home two batters later on a Daniel Dellasega double down the leftfield line to push the lead to 3-0.


K-State recorded big innings in both the fifth and sixth to put the game away. In the fifth, Muenster walked and then stole second before Tenbrink blasted a ball over the left centerfield wall for his team-leading sixth home run of the year. Justin Bloxom followed with a single, advanced to second on a balk, went to third on a groundout and then scored on a Jurica single. Jurica went first to third on a Wiley single and then scored on a groundout to push the lead to 7-0.


In the sixth, both Scott and Jordan Cruz were hit by pitches to lead off the inning. Cruz was replaced by pinch runner Dane Yelovich before pinch hitter Derek Bunker loaded the bases with a bunt single to third base. Scott scored and the others moved up 90 feet on a wild pitch, and both Yelovich and Bunker came in on Tenbrink’s double down the right field line. On the play, Tenbrink moved to third on a fielding error by the right fielder and then scored on a Jason King infield single, who moved to second on another error. Jurica brought in fellow freshman King with a single to right, and worked his way to third before scoring on a Dellasega sacrifice fly to plate the final run of the inning and put Central Arkansas away.


Kansas State ventures out onto the road in conference play for the first time this season as the Wildcats travel to College Station, Texas, for a three-game series against Texas A&M. First pitch Friday is set for 6:30 p.m. at Olsen Field.