Baseball Begins Busy Week With Chicago State

MANHATTAN, Kan. The Kansas State baseball team, coming off a 1-2 weekend at Nebraska, will host Chicago State for two games during the week at Tointon Stadium as the two teams will square off Tuesday and Wednesday night at 7 p.m.

 

The Wildcats rallied late on Sunday to knock off the Huskers in Lincoln for the first time since the 1997 season and did so by scoring the tying run in the eighth and adding seven more in the 10th inning to take an 8-2 extra-inning win. Nate Tenbrink’s solo homer to lead off the 10th inning jump-started the seven-run frame and Daniel Edwards pitched the final 3.1 innings to earn his third win of the season.

 

K-State enters the week with a 27-17 overall record and a 7-11 mark in Big 12 play. The Wildcats are currently in seventh place in the Big 12 standings with three series left, two of which come against Kansas and Baylor, who are both tied for eighth place at 8-13. Oklahoma is a step ahead of the Cats in sixth at 8-10, while Texas Tech is currently in 10th place at 7-13.

 

Sophomore outfielder Byron Wiley continues to lead the Wildcat offense with a .369 batting average, five homers and 31 RBI, while Drew Biery is coming off a 5-for-12 (.417) weekend against Nebraska. Wiley also leads the team with a .407 average in non-conference action this season. Eight everyday players for the Cats are hitting .280 or better this season, while 15 are hitting .260-plus.

 

On the mound, Dick Howser Trophy Award and Stopper of the Year candidate Daniel Edwards leads the pitching staff with a 3-0 record, 0.79 ERA and 41 strikeouts. The junior is among the nation’s leaders in saves with 10 while opponents are hitting just .113 against the right hander. Junior Brad Hutt leads all starting pitchers with a 7-3 record and a 3.23 ERA, while Chase Bayuk is coming off a strong outing on Sunday at Nebraska when he scattered one run on five hits over 5.2 innings.

 

Chicago State enters the week with a 3-37 record, while hitting .218 as a team and accumulating an 8.37 team ERA. Both matchups between K-State and Chicago State will be broadcast live on SportsRadio 1350 KMAN in Manhattan and online at k-statesports.com.

 

The Cats then face in-state rival Kansas in a key Big 12 Conference series this weekend. Friday's game will be in Manhattan with a 6:30 p.m. first pitch, while the series will then shift to Lawrence for games two and three. Saturday's 3 p.m. contest will be broadcast live across the Big 12 region on Fox Sports Net, while Sunday's finale will begin at 1 p.m.

 

 

 

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