K-State Pounds North Dakota, 22-1

MANHATTAN, Kan. No. 16 Kansas State recorded season highs in both runs and hits while scoring multiple runs in four different innings as the Wildcats defeated North Dakota, 22-1, Wednesday evening at Tointon Family Stadium. With the win, the Cats improved to 32-11-1 overall, while the Fighting Sioux dropped to 10-25.

 

K-State's 22 runs were its most since plating 24 at South Dakota State on May 17, 2006. The Wildcats tallied 23 hits, the most since also collecting 23 against Washburn on May 4, 2005.

 

Eight different Cats recorded multi-hit games, including freshman left-fielder Nick Martini, who was a perfect 4-for-4 with one RBI, three runs scored and two steals. Dane Yelovich tied his career best with three hits, while Matt Giller went 2-for-2 after entering the game as a defensive replacement in the seventh inning.

 

Jason King led the Wildcats with five RBI tying career high while Justin Bloxom, Jordan Cruz and Giller each added three RBI.

 

Three K-State pitchers combined to tame the Fighting Sioux. Wildcat starter Ryan Daniel (3-1) picked up the win in a predetermined start, allowing one run on seven hits with three strikeouts in four innings of work. Freshman Dustin Hobbs followed by tossing three scoreless innings, surrendering just two hits, while recording a career-best six strikeouts.

 

Josh Crockett, who made his second appearance in the last three games, did not allow a hit in his two innings.

 

North Dakota produced its lone run in the first frame when Daniel hit Josh Lagein to lead off the game. Lagein stole second base and moved to third when Daniel Dellasega’s throw went into center field for an error. The Fighting Sioux center fielder scored on an infield single by Jake Magner to give UND 1-0 lead.

 

The Wildcats came right back to score four in the home half of the first when Adam Muenster walked and Carter Jurica singled to put runners on first and second. Martini put down a bunt single and Muenster raced around to score when UND third baseman Daniel Ross threw the ball away attempting to throw out Martini at first.

 

Bloxom then hit a sacrifice fly to plate another run, while an error off the bat of King and a single by Cruz brought home two more runs.

 

K-State scored another five runs in the second inning, thanks in large part to four North Dakota errors. Biery hit the first of his two RBI doubles to bring home one run, while Cruz singled to right field to score another.

 

In the third, Martini sprayed a two-out single through the left side to score Yelovich, giving K-State a 10-1 lead.

 

The Cats plated three runs in the fifth as Bloxom singled through the right side of the infield to score one, while King and Cruz each hit sacrifice flies to center field to drive in two more and give the Cats a 13-1 advantage.

 

Giller, a redshirt freshman from Manhattan, immediately made a statement when he led off the bottom half of the seventh with a towering homer to left-center.  Then, in the Cats' 8-run eighth, Giller laced a two-run single to left. King followed Giller with a two-RBI double, pushing K-State to its highest run and hit totals of the season.

 

Jake Brown followed with his first career double to left center-field to score King, and after a walk and a hit-by-pitch, Yelovich bounced a two-run double down the left-field line. David Masters capped the scoring with a RBI groundout.

 

Next action for Kansas State is a three-game series at Oklahoma State, beginning Friday at 6:30 p.m., at Allie P. Reynolds Stadium in Stillwater, Okla.