WINTER HAVEN, Fla. - Starting pitcher Evan Marshall threw eight solid innings and Kansas State added to a slim lead with three eighth-inning runs as the Wildcats topped Northeastern, 6-1, Sunday in the RussMatt Central Florida Invitational at Chain of Lakes Park.
With the victory, Kansas State improved to 4-1 on the season, while Northeastern dropped to 2-1.
Marshall (1-0) picked up his first career win as a starter, allowing just one earned run on four hits with no walks and a career-high six strikeouts. Marshall retired 15 of the first 16 batters he faced and no-hit the Huskies through five innings.
Marshall's only blemish of the contest came in the sixth inning when he gave up three-straight singles before a sacrifice fly by Tony DiCesare brought home the Huskies' lone run of the evening.
"Evan really kept his composure in the sixth inning with the bases loaded with no outs and only allowing one run," said head coach Brad Hill. "That's the best I've seen him in that situation. I was really proud of him.
"We did make a lot of mistakes though," continued Hill. "We didn't execute offensively at all, but we pitched through it. When you make a lot of mistakes offensively like we did tonight, you have to pitch through it and that's what we did."
Kansas State, which led 3-1 in the eighth, expanded its advantage to five in the bottom of the inning. Carter Jurica led off the frame with a single before Nick Martini tripled down the right-field line scoring Jurica. Daniel Dellasega followed with a single to right-center field to plate Martini. After a fielder's choice, Mike Kindel singled to left field to bring home the final run of the night.
Dellasega led the Wildcats as the senior catcher tied his career high with three hits and driving in two runs. Blair DeBord carded his third multi-hit game of the season as he was 2-for-3.
Northeastern starter JT Ross (0-1) took the loss after giving up three runs on four hits with three walks and three strikeouts in five innings of work.
The Wildcats scored a pair of runs in the bottom of the first with the help of Northeastern miscues. With two outs, Martini walked and moved to third on a pair of wild pitches. Dellasega singled up the middle to score Martini and give the Cats the lead.
The inning continued with a DeBord infield single, which moved Dellasega to third. DeBord then attempted to steal second base before a pitch, while Dellasega started for home on the throw over to first. The throw to Northeastern catcher John Puttress was over his head for an error, allowing Dellasega to score.
K-State added to its lead in the fifth inning when Jurica hit a sacrifice fly to center field to score Brad Clement and make the score 3-0.
K-State closer James Allen worked a 1-2-3 ninth inning, recording one strikeout.
Kansas State will meet St. Bonaventure on Monday in the Wildcats' third game of the RussMatt Central Florida Invitational. First pitch is set for 2 p.m. (CT) at Chain of Lakes Park.