MANHATTAN, Kansas – Kansas State scored 10 runs in the first three innings and No. 10 Texas A&M could not overcome the deficit on Sunday as the Wildcats defeated the Aggies, 11-6, to avoid the series sweep at Tointon Family Stadium.
“There is no doubt we were ready to play today,” A&M head coach Rob Childress said. “I am not sure if we were ready to pitch, though. I am not talking about physically, I am talking about being mentally ready to out and compete. I am glad we won the series on the road, but disappointed we didn’t complete the sweep.”
With the loss, A&M dropped to 40-12 overall and 13-10 in Big 12 play, while K-State improved to 32-19 and 10-13.
K-State roughed up A&M starter Scott Migl for three runs in the bottom of the first to take the early lead. Derek Bunker doubled and Adam Muenster was hit by a pitch before Byron Wiley singled to drive in a run. Muenster then scored on a sacrifice fly by Nate Tenbrink and Tyler Ruch delivered an RBI double.
The Aggies tied the game in the top of the second with three runs off Wildcats’s starter Chase Bayuk. Luke Anders singled and Craig Stinson walked to start the inning, a passed ball moved both runners up a station and a sacrifice fly to center by Kyle Colligan moved them up another. Brian Ruggiano singled to score Stinson and then stole second. Parker Dalton then drove a two-out RBI single up the middle.
The Wilcats scored four more runs in the top of the second to chase Migl from the game and regain the lead, 7-4. After a hit batter and two singles loaded the bases with one out, Matt Ueckert took the mound. Wiley hit the ball over the wall in left center, but passed the runner at first base. He was declared out on the play and credited with a three-RBI single. Tenbrink then singled and scored on a triple by Ruch. Kiel Renfro then replaced Ueckert and retired Eli Rumler to end the inning.
A three-run third gave K-State a 10-3 lead after three-complete innings. Brett Scott, Eddie Vasquez and Rob Vaughn each reached on infield singles. A pair of sacrifice flies by Bunker and Tenbrink and a bases loaded hit by pitch of Wiley did the damage.
Brodie Greene scored a run with a fielder’s choice and Blake Stouffer drove in his 70th run of the year with a single in the top of the fifth to cut the K-State lead to 10-5.
Tenbrink hit a solo homer, his third of the year, in the bottom of the sixth, to improve the Wildcats’ lead to 11-5.
The Aggies had a golden opportunity in the top of the seventh to get back in the game. With the bases loaded a no outs, reliever Matt Hornbeck fanned Anders before being replaced by closer Daniel Edwards. Stinson then lifted a sacrifice fly to left to make the score 11-6, before Edwards struck out Kyle Colligan to end the inning and the threat.
A&M reliever Kyle Thebeau allowed just one run on three hits in 4 1/3 innings and Travis Starling got out of a bases loaded jam with no outs in the eight.
Migl (6-2) allowed six runs on five hits in 1 1/3 innings of work.
Bayuk (5-4) lasted 5 2/3 innings and allowed five runs on six hits, while striking out three and walking one.
The Aggies return to action Tuesday, when they host McNeese State at Olsen field at 6:30 p.m.
A&M – 030 020 100 – 6 9 0
KSU – 343 001 00x – 11 15 0
A&M: Migl, Ueckert (2), Renfro (2), Thebeau (3), Meyer (8), Starling (8) and C. Stinson; KSU: Bayuk, Vogel (6), Hornbeck (7), Daniels (7) and Vaughn.
E – none
SB – A&M: Ruggiano (5), Dalton (17)
2B – A&M: Hicks (16); KSU: Bunker (4), Ruch(3), Tenbrink (11)
3B – KSU: Ruch (2)
HR – KSU: Tenbrink (3)
Win – Bayuk (5-4) Loss – Migl (6-2) Save – none
T – 3:09
A – 877