Salinas’ two home runs kick off strong opening night against Army

Then-sophomore Orlando Salinas Jr. rounds first base after a hit on April 15, 2022, at Tointon Family Stadium. (Archive photo by Madison Riebel | Collegian Media Group)

Kansas State baseball overtook Army in the bottom of the fourth after a 2-0 homer from K-State’s Robert Pena. Army would respond with a Braden Golinski slug to the middle field to add on the lone score for Army on the night.

K-State’s Orlando Salinas Jr. delivered two home runs to close opening night for the Wildcats and a 5-1 victory.

It was a pleasant sight for the Wildcat faithful to open the season with a bang at Tointon Family Stadium. K-State’s pitching left much to be desired during their five-game losing stretch. Against Army, it was a clinic for the Wildcats, allowing the lowest run total on the season.

Pena would record his fourth home run of the season at the bottom of the fourth, hitting a deep right center drive to collect the two runs batted in. Salinas would record his first score of the evening off the bat.

Salinas would return to the home plate again in the sixth with the first homer to right field and again in the eighth to send the Wildcats to 6-5 on the season.

It was a pitching battle for both teams throughout the night. Both teams recorded a collective nine hits, the lowest for K-State and second lowest for Army this season. 

K-State will continue their home stretch in Manhattan against Stonehill at Tointon at 12 p.m. on Saturday, March 4.