K-State eases to 13-0 rout of Bakersfield

By The Mercury

Max Brown had a career-high three hits, including a three-run triple, while the Kansas State pitching staff notched its sixth shutout of the season to help the Wildcats beat Cal State-Bakersfield 13-0 on Tuesday at Tointon Family Stadium.

Brown, making his sixth straight start, tripled with the bases loaded in the second inning to ignite the offensive barrage by K-State (23-19). The outfielder later added a pair of singles and scored two runs.

K-State starter Jordan Witcig led the way for the K-State pitching staff, earning his first-career victory after holding Bakersfield (16-23) scoreless in a career-high five innings pitched. The right-hander scattered six hits and struck out two with no walks.

“The guys were focused and locked in,” K-State coach Brad Hill said. “After we got embarrassed (Monday) night, you hope to see the guys more focused. You could just see their whole approach, from how they took the field to their body language that they were locked in and ready to play.”

K-State scored nine runs after its four-run second inning, including three in the fourth and five in the eighth.  The Wildcats finished with 17 hits, 13 of which were registered after the third frame in what was K-State’s final home non-conference game of the season.

K-State will now hit the road for its first-ever trip to Morgantown, W. Va., to face the Mountaineers in a three-game series that begins Friday at 5 p.m.

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