Baseball Hosts Central Christian Wednesday

MANHATTAN, Kan. The Kansas State baseball team, coming off a 1-2 weekend at No. 15 Oklahoma State, returns home for four games beginning with a non-conference matchup with Central Christian Wednesday night at Tointon Stadium. First pitch is set for 7 p.m.


The Wildcats are currently sitting in a tie for sixth place in the Big 12 Conference standings at 5-7 and are 23-13 overall on the season. K-State will host Oklahoma this weekend in a crucial three-game series as the Sooners are also 5-7 in league play through four series.


Last weekend, the Wildcats pounded out 38 hits in three games while also getting solid pitching against a very potent Oklahoma State club. K-State dropped the opener of the series, 5-3, but battled back to take a convincing 7-1 win in the second game. Chase Bayuk tossed 8.1 strong innings in his longest mound outing of his career, while Adam Muenster paced the 14-hit attack with four hits. The two teams battled back and forth in the rubber match of the series until a three-run seventh inning lifted the No. 15 Cowboys to the series win.


K-State, which heads into Wednesday’s game with an RPI rating of 32, has been receiving votes in both the Coaches and NCBWA polls over the last four weeks. has also taken note of the Wildcats’ promising start to the season and conference play as it listed the Cats among its field of 64 in its first “Road to Omaha” regional projections this week.


Kansas State heads into the Central Christian game with a team batting average of .287 and is coming off a weekend in which it hit .342 at Oklahoma State for three games. Byron Wiley continues to lead the squad with a .393 average and is coming off a five-hit weekend at Oklahoma State, while Adam Muenster and Drew Biery each had solid weekends in Stillwater with six hits each. Wiley is also tops in the Big 12 in on-base percentage at .507.


On the mound, Brad Hutt and Chase Bayuk are both coming off solid starts as Bayuk notched the lone win of the weekend with 8.1 solid innings on Sunday. Bayuk sat down 12 Cowboys in a row through the final four innings of his outing until being relieved in the ninth. Hutt has proven to be the most consistent starter in weekend openers as the junior is 6-2 with a 2.59 ERA on the year, while Bayuk is now 3-3 with a 4.12 ERA.  Closer Daniel Edwards continues to lead the Big 12 Conference in saves with nine.


Central Christian, an NAIA program located in McPherson and a member of the Midlands Collegiate Athletic Conference, heads into the game with a 15-14 overall record and a 2-6 mark in league play.