K-State takes Arkansas State series in emphatic fashion

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Junior catcher Tyler Moore bats during the game against Arkansas State on May 2, 2015. The Wildcats defeated Arkansas State 16-5, evening the series, and went on to win the series on May 3. (George Walker | The Collegian)

After splitting the first two games of the series, K-State baseball let their offense prowess fly, taking the rubber match over Arkansas State 12-6 Sunday at Tointon Family Stadium.

The Red Wolves came out swinging with a two-run home run in the top of the first inning against K-State freshman starter Bryce Ward.

The Wildcats (23-24) responded with two runs of their own in the bottom of the inning to even the score 2-2.

The lead was temporary, however. Arkansas State plated a third run in the third inning to take a 3-2 advantage.

After pulling Ward, K-State scored two runs in the bottom of the fourth inning. The Wildcats scored their runs on an RBI single and a groundout.

The Red Wolves battled their way back into the thick of it, though, putting up one run in the top of both the fifth and the sixth innings to once again take the lead 5-4.

That was Arkansas State’s final lead of the day.

K-State responded with a massive six-run, six-hit inning in the bottom of the sixth inning, capped off by junior catcher Tyler Moore’s fourth home run of the season.

Moore was 3-for-5 on the day with three runs scored.

K-State added two runs in the bottom of the seventh and the eighth innings to match the Red Wolves’ final run in the top of the eighth inning as K-State captured a series to inch closer to .500.

Saturday:

K-State put 31 players on base in their 16-5 smiting of Arkansas State in the second game of the three-game series Saturday.

Junior infielder Danny Krause led the team in a career day reaching base. Krause tallied two hits and three walks to go along with one run scores.

Sophomore starter Nate Greip earned his fourth win of the season, giving up four runs on seven hits while recording seven strikeouts.

Friday:

K-State kept the series opener close for the majority of the game, but the Wildcat bullpen gave up eight late runs to hand Arkansas State the 11-6 win.

K-State gave up a season-high three home runs in the loss.

Up Next:

K-State will head to Wichita for the second game of a home-and-home season series against the Shockers on Tuesday.

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