Seven-Run 10th Lifts Cats to Sunday Win

LINCOLN, Neb. Nate Tenbrink’s solo homer in the top of the 10th jump-started a seven-run inning for the Wildcats as Kansas State rallied late to take an 8-2 win in the final game of the three-game series with Nebraska Sunday afternoon at Hawks Field. With the win, the Cats salvaged the final game of the series and moved to 27-17 overall and 7-11 in Big 12 play, while the Huskers dropped to 25-18 and 10-11.


Tenbrink sent the second pitch he saw in the top of the 10th over the wall in straight-away center to give the Cats their first lead of the game at 2-1. But, K-State would not stop there as Tyler Ruch followed with a single and Eli Rumler was hit by a pitch. Jordan Cruz then reached on an error by the Husker third baseman on a bunt attempt to load the bases and Rob Vaughn drew a bases-loaded walk to give the Cats a 3-1 lead. Drew Biery and Byron Wiley then drove in two runs each with base hits and Tenbrink’s second hit of the inning, a single through the right side, gave the Wildcats a comfortable 8-1 lead.


Daniel Edwards (3-0) earned the win in relief as he tossed 3.1 innings on the day and scattered three hits. The lone run he gave up was on a double play in the bottom of the 10th to make the score 8-2. Edwards had previously pitched out of a bases-loaded jam in the bottom of the ninth as he got Ryan Wehrle to fly out to center on a full-count pitch with two outs and the winning run at third base.


Nebraska’s Thad Weber, the second of four Husker pitchers used, suffered the loss after giving up the first two runs in the 10th inning and dropped to 1-1 on the season.


Down 1-0 in the top of the eighth inning, the Cats tied the game with their first run of the game as Eli Rumler singled with one out and advanced to second on an error by Husker left fielder Andy Gerch. After a Jordan Cruz single chased Nebraka starter Luke Wertz from the game, Rob Vaughn drove in Rumler with a fielder’s choice groundout to tie the score at one.


Both starting pitchers cruised through the early goings as neither team could get a runner past second base through the fourth inning. K-State’s Chase Bayuk scattered three hits over the first five innings and got double plays on two occasions to get out jams in the third and fifth innings.


Nebraska finally broke through for the game’s first run in the sixth off Bayuk as a leadoff walk and singles from Ryan Wehrle and Andrew Brown gave the Huskers a 1-0 lead. After a strikeout and a walk that loaded the bases, Bayuk was lifted for Justin Murray and the sophomore got Jeff Tezak to ground out to second to leave the bases loaded and keep the score at 1-0.


Bayuk finished the afternoon going 5.2 innings and scattered one run on five hits with three walks and one strikeout. Nebraska’s Wertz was tremendous on Sunday, scattering five hits while striking out a career-high 10 batters in 7.1 innings of work.


Kansas State returns to action Tuesday and Wednesday as it hosts Chicago State in two midweek games at Tointon Stadium. First pitch for both games is set for 7 p.m.