Kansas State used a four run eighth inning to put the game out of reach as Wichita State fell to Kansas State 10-4 on Tuesday night. Daniel Kihle went 2-for-4 at the plate with one RBI to lead the Shockers on offense. Casey Gillaspie hit his 13th homerun of the season in the loss.
Wichita State started the scoring in the first inning. Kihle led off the first with a single up the middle and moved to second on a Garret Bayliff five pitch walk. Gillaspie followed Bayliff with a walk of his own before Chase Simpson’s sacrifice fly scored Kihle from third for an early 1-0 Wichita State lead. The Shockers threatened to score more during their first at bat but Tyler Baker flied out to deep left field to end the inning.
Kansas State took 2-1 lead in the fourth when Ross Kivett led off with a single and scored on a RBI single from Shane Conlon with the help of a Shocker throwing error. The Wildcats tacked on their second run of the inning with a RBI single from Tyler Stover to score Conlon.
The Wildcats tacked on three more runs in the fifth inning with a RJ Santigate RBI ground rule double, and a two RBI single by Conlon. Kansas State collected three run on three hits to take a 5-1 lead.
The Shockers answered the Wildcat three run inning with two runs of their own in the bottom half of the fifth inning. Zair Koeiman and Micah Green started the inning with back-to-back singles before Kihle’s RBI single scored Koeiman and advanced Green to second. Bayliff followed with a RBI single as well to score Green and cut into the Kansas State lead. After five complete innings, Wichita State trailed 5-3.
Carter Yagi and Kivett quickly answered in the sixth inning with a lead off double Yagi and a RBI single in a span of three pitches for a 6-3 Wildcat lead. Yagi, pinch-hitting in the inning, took the first pitch he saw down the right field line for a stand up double and scored two pitches later on a RBI single from Kivett.
Kansas State broke the game open in eighth inning by putting up four runs for a 10-3 lead. DeBord and Yagi each had a two RBI single to highlight the four run eighth inning for the Wildcats.
Gillaspie’s homer to straightaway center field in the bottom of the eighth inning highlighted the night for the Shocker offense. It was Gillaspie’s 13th homerun of the year.
Wichita State will conclude its 2014 homestand with a three game series against Dallas Baptist starting on Friday night at 6:30 p.m.