MANHATTAN, Kansas – David Newmann pitched eight-complete innings without allowing an earned run on Saturday night to lead No. 10 Texas A&M past Kansas State, 2-1, at Tointon Family Stadium.
Newmann (9-1) allowed an unearned run on just three hits, while striking out eight and walking one.
Craig Stinson accounted for both of the A&M runs with a sacrifice fly in the fourth and a solo home run in the seventh. It was his ninth home run of the year and gave the Aggies the lead.
“The offense has carried us for the most part the last couple of months,” A&M head coach Rob Childress said. “We made some big plays defensively and we were able to get some big outs when we needed them.”
With the win, the Aggies improved to 40-11 overall and 13-9 in Big 12 play. The Wildcats dropped to 31-19 and 9-13 in the league. Wit the win, the Aggies can finish no lower than fifth place in the Big 12 standings and became the 16th team in school history to win at least 40 games.
Gary Campfield replaced Newmann in the ninth and walked Adam Muenster to start the inning. Kirkland Rivers took the mound and Byron Wiley, K-State’s best hitter, laid down a sacrifice bunt to move Muenster to second. Rivers fanned Derek Bunker and coaxed Nate Tenbrink to harmlessly flyout to center to end the game and secure his second save of the year.
K-State scored the first run of the game in the bottom of the second. With two outs and nobody on, Eli Rumler drew a two-out walk and stole second. Tyler Ruch laced a ball down the third base line that Dane Carter fielded while diving toward the line. His throw was wild to first allowing Rumler to score.
Wildcats’ starting pitcher Trevor Hurley (1-3) lasted six innings, plus one batter in the seventh, and allowed two runs on five hits. He struck out a career-high seven batters and walked one.
The final game of the series will be played Sunday at 1 p.m.
A&M – 000 100 100 – 2 7 2
KSU – 010 000 000 – 1 3 1
A&M: Newmann, Campfield (9), Rivers (9) and C. Stinson; KSU: Hurley, Murray (7), Hornbeck (8) and Vaughn.
E – A&M: Anders (1); Carter (4); KSU: Tenbrink (13)
SB – KSU: Rumler (14)
2B – A&M: J. Stinson (5); KSU: Wiley (7)
HR – A&M: C. Stinson (9)
Win – Newmann (9-1) Loss – Hurley (1-3) Save – Rivers (2)
T – 2:44
A – 1,021