Wildcats Defeat Missouri 11-6

MANHATTAN, Kan. – Kansas State scored in nearly every inning, including five times in the fifth that put the game away, as the 21st-ranked Wildcats defeated Missouri, 11-5, Sunday afternoon at Tointon Family Stadium.

With the victory, Kansas State, which salvaged the third game of the series, improved to 29-11 overall and 8-7 in Big 12 play. The Tigers fell to 21-20 and 8-10 in conference action.

Much like Missouri did on Saturday afternoon, Kansas State was able to take advantage its opponent's mishaps all day as the Tigers committed five errors, walked three batters and hit two others, while the Cats tallied double-digit hits for the 27th time this season..

"We really had to play with a sense of urgency today," head coach Brad Hill said. "They made some mistakes that we capitalized on, but that's baseball. That just how it happens at times and we took advantage of it today."

Carter Jurica led the way for Kansas State as the sophomore went 3-for-3 with three RBI, a walk and a run scored. It was Jurica's 19th multi-hit game of the season, which leads the team. Dane Yelovich was 2-for-4 with three runs scored and also stole two bases, pushing his season total to 20.

Senior Jordan Cruz recorded a 2-for-4 outing with a triple – his third of the season – and put the biggest dent into the game with a three-run homer that capped the K-State fifth.

Kansas State scored all five of its runs that inning on just the one hit as Jurica and Nick Martini worked consecutive one-out walks against Missouri starter Nick Tepesch (3-4). Following a strikeout, the two base runners pulled off a double steal, but the throw from Mizzou catcher Trevor Coleman down to third wound up in left field, scoring Jurica and moving Martini to third.

Jason King was next and hit what looked to be an inning-ending fly ball, but Missouri center fielder Ryan Lollis, who had already dropped a fly ball in the third, had the ball deflect off his glove and hit the ground, allowing Martini to score and extend the inning.

Missouri then called on Kelly Fick to limit the damage to just two, but, after Fick hit Drew Biery, Cruz hammered the first pitch he saw over the right field wall to push K-State out to its largest least at 8-2.

"Cruz was really locked in today," said Hill. "The seniors really knew how important this game way today. You can't get swept at home. That's what really puts you in a hole that you have to fight out of. I think our seniors really kept everyone focused and into it today, so I really credit them that the team didn't fell too sorry for ourselves after the last two games."

Mizzou did come back in the top of the sixth inning when a single, a hit-by-pitch and a fielder's choice plated three runs and cut the deficit to three, but Thomas Rooke retired the Tigers in order over the final three innings to tally his third save of the season.

Freshman reliever Evan Marshall (2-2) was credited with the win after escaping a K-State jam in the fourth with a double play before throwing another groundball double play to face the minimum in the fifth.

K-State starter Todd Vogel was efficient through three full innings as he allowed three hits, but faced just two over the minimum. He did run into trouble to start the fourth as he allowed a walk and a hit-by-pitch that eventually came around to score the Tigers' first two runs.

The Cats scored one run in the first inning when Adam Muenster led the frame with a walk and then stole second base. Following a Jurica walk, Martini sacrificed both runners up 90 feet before Justin Bloxom drove home Muenster on a groundout.

Following a scoreless second, the Cats plated another run in the third as Yelovich hit a leadoff single before stealing second base. After a Muenster fly out that moved Yelovich to third, Jurica hit a fly ball into center field, which was dropped Lollis, allowing Yelovich to score the Wildcats' second run of the game.

Rob Vaughn drove home the third Cat run of the contest on a sacrifice fly in the fourth inning when he followed Cruz's triple, while Biery hit his seventh homer of the season in the seventh.

The two other Wildcat runs came on a pair of Jurica RBI singles in the sixth and eighth innings.

Next action for Kansas State is a three-game series at Texas beginning Friday, April 24, at Disch-Falk Field in Austin Texas.

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