Cats Cruise to 20-4 Win Tuesday Night

MANHATTAN, Kan. Kansas State erupted for nine runs in both the second and sixth inning and A.J. Morris went five-plus strong innings on the mound as the Wildcats cruised to a 20-4 seven-inning win over Chicago State Tuesday night at Tointon Stadium. With the win, the Cats improved to 28-17 on the season, while Chicago State dropped to 3-38.


The Wildcats broke open the game with nine runs in the bottom of the second as Byron Wiley was hit by a pitch and consecutive hits from Nate Tenbrink, Tyler Ruch, Eli Rumler and Eddie Vasquez plated the first four runs of the game. Then, after Rob Vaughn lined out for the first out, Derek Bunker reached on an error and hits from Jordan Cruz and Drew Biery upped the margin to 6-0. Wiley followed with another single and Tenbrink added his second hit of the inning to give the Cats a 9-0 lead.


That would be all Morris needed on the night as the redshirt freshman moved to 3-1 on the season Tuesday night. Morris gave up four runs, none of which were earned, with three strikeouts in 5.2 innings of work. Nick Phillips closed out the final 1.1 shutout innings to wrap up the game.


After the Cats scored single runs in the fourth and fifth innings to take a 11-0 lead, the Cougars plated four unearned runs in the top of the sixth thanks to two Wildcat errors to cut the lead to 11-4.


But, the Cats then pushed across nine more runs in the bottom half to blow open the game at 20-4. K-State did so by recording just two hits in the inning, but five walks, two wild pitches, a passed ball, two hit batsman and an error led to the nine-run inning for the Wildcats. Brett Scott and Rob Vaughn each picked up RBI’s with hits in the inning.


Chicago State’s Mike Wieda suffered the loss on the mound after giving up 11 runs on 14 hits over 5.0 innings. The Cougars used a total of four pitchers on the night and surrendered 16 hits and six walks in the game.


Vaughn led the offense with three hits, while Biery, Wiley, Tenbrink and Vasquez each had two. Scott led the Cats with three runs driven in, while Cruz, Wiley and Ruch each drove in two.


Kansas State and Chicago State continue play Wednesday with a 7 p.m. matchup at Tointon Stadium.