Wildcats slam Northern Colorado two sweep series

By Joel Jellison

By now, the early season struggles seem like a distant memory.

On Saturday, the Kansas State baseball team finished off a three-game series with Northern Colorado by winning the final game of a doubleheader, 11-0, to complete a sweep and its 10th straight win.

The Wildcats (11-7) did so by outscoring the Bears 45-3 and putting up 36 hits on Saturday alone.

“Great focus by our guys this weekend,” K-State coach Brad Hill said. “We really did a great job of hitting this weekend. Great job of hitting the ball the other way — baserunning was good — it was really a solid weekend all around.”

Landon Busch took the win in the series finale, going five innings and giving up just three hits and a walk, while striking out two. The weekend series featured two shutouts.

“That’s outstanding,” Hill said. “I was really happy with Landon Busch coming back from a rough outing. He made good adjustments this week. It was good to see him come back and be really solid.”

The Wildcats got on the board from the get-go, as Austin Fisher singled Ross Kivett in from third, and Mitch Meyer hit a double to score Fisher and RJ Santigate to put K-State ahead 3-0.

Kivett would bring a run across in the bottom of the second with a sacrifice fly that scored Clayton Daltymple. Shane Conlon singled to bring in Carter Yagi.

The Wildcats went ahead 6-0 in the third inning when Alex Bee singled to bring Santigate home.

K-State scored in the seventh inning with a hard-hit single by Tanner DeVinny that brought in Santigate.

The Wildcats tacked on four more runs in the eighth inning, all coming after the bases were loaded on a single and back-to-back batters hit by pitch.

Yagi scored on a wild pitch, Fisher grounded out to score Max Brown and Taylor Anderson singled in Tyler Stover. Kyle Speer scored on a throwing error to make it 11-0.

The Wildcats will have two games this week at home against Air Force on Tuesday and Wednesday before opening the Big 12 schedule on the road at Oklahoma.

Kivett said they’ve done a good job of putting the early season struggles behind them.

“We said when we got back we were going to get back to the little things and preparing like we know we have to prepare,” he said. “We’ve had two, three really good weeks of practice and it showed on the weekend.”

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