Late Outburst Lifts Cats to 13-7 Win

MANHATTAN, Kan. Byron Wiley broke open a 6-6 tie with a solo homer in the bottom of the seventh and Kansas State went on to send 12 men to the plate in the six-run inning as the Wildcats powered past Central Christian, 13-7, Wednesday night at Tointon Stadium. K-State improved to 24-13 on the season with the win, while Central Christian dropped to 17-15.


Kansas State shrugged off a slow start and scored 10 runs in its final three at-bats, including the seventh when the Wildcats sent 12 batters to the plate.


The Tigers and starter Greg Daugherty kept the K-State offense off-balance through the first five innings and led 5-1 before the Wildcat bats came to life. 


Central Christian opened the game with a run in the top of the first, but K-State evened the score in the bottom of the second after an RBI double by Daniel Dellasega plated Brett Scott. The Wildcats added another in the bottom of the fourth and went up 2-1 when Nate Tenbrink was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded, pushing across Derek Bunker.


K-State starter Trevor Hurley and first reliever Tyler Ruch limited the Tigers to just one hit in four innings of work but the Wildcat bullpen then surrendered five runs in top half of the fifth. Jason Linn retired the first batter of the fifth inning for Kansas State but surrendered four consecutive base hits and the Tigers plated five runs before Nick Phillips was able to get the final two outs of the inning.


The Wildcats responded with a run in the bottom half of the inning after Scott scored his second run of the game on a pinch-hit single by Rob Vaughn. K-State further chipped away at the deficit and evened the score at six in the bottom of the sixth with a pair of sacrifice flies.


Wiley led off the bottom of the seventh with his team-leading third home run of the season a towering blast that landed in the tree-tops in right field and began a six-run, six-hit Wildcat parade around the bases. Muenster, Biery and Scott each added run-scoring hits in the frame as the Cats built a 12-6 lead.


Both teams traded runs in the eighth inning and the Wildcats turned the ball over to closer Daniel Edwards in the top of the ninth. Edwards fanned all three batters he faced to seal the victory for the Wildcats.


K-State reliever Todd Vogel (2-0) earned his second victory of the season, while Tyler Gilbert was tagged with the loss after surrendering Wiley’s home run in the seventh. In all, eight Wildcat pitchers saw time on the mound Wednesday while Central Christian used six different arms.


Muenster and Biery each collected three hits to lead the 16-hit Wildcat attack as Kansas State has now collected 54 hits in its last four games.


Kansas State resumes Big 12 play when it hosts the Oklahoma Sooners for a crucial three-game weekend series beginning at 6:30 p.m. Friday at Tointon Stadium.