MANHATTAN, Kan. Barrett Rice had three hits while Jared Goedert homered and scored three times as Kansas State held on for an 8-7 win over Chicago State Wednesday at Tointon Stadium. With the win, Kansas State moved to 19-3 on the season, including a 15-0 mark at home, while Chicago State dropped to 3-16.
After the Wildcats rallied for five runs in the middle innings, Chicago State mounted a rally in the ninth and plated four runs, all unearned and with two outs, until closer Bryan Peterson got a fly out to left to close out the win for K-State.
Chicago State jumped on K-State starter Todd Vogel for two runs in the first all with two outs, thanks to a double and three singles. The Wildcats answered with one in the bottom half as Joe Roundy doubled with two outs to score Jared Goedert all the way from first base to pull the Cats to within 2-1.
Vogel gave up three runs on eight hits in 3.2 innings after earning his first career start. The freshman struck out two and did not walk a batter in the no-decision.
Then in the third, Goedert blasted his second homer of the season, a two-out, solo shot to center, to tie the game at two. K-State then tied the game at three when Nate Tenbrink and Drew Biery each led off with singles. After a sacrifice bunt moved the runners into scoring position, Tenbrink came home on a wild pitch to score the tying run.
The Wildcats took the lead with two runs in the fifth and then added two more in the sixth to move ahead, 7-3. The two runs in the fifth came on a sacrifice fly from Nate Tenbrink and an error on Chicago State’s third baseman, while a two-run single from pinch hitter Dustin Rasco plated two more to give the Cats a 7-3 lead.
Chase Bayuk (5-1) picked up the win in relief after giving up just one hit in 1.1 innings, while Brett Ames and Trevor Hurley combined for 3.0 hitless innings.
Rice led the way with three hits, while freshman Drew Biery had two on a day where Kansas State fielded eight freshmen in the game, six of which started.
Kansas State returns to Big 12 action this weekend as No. 3 Nebraska visits Tointon Stadium. First pitch on Friday for game one is set for 6:30 p.m.