Wildcat baseball demolishes Redhawks with blazing bats and stellar pitching

Freshman Carson Queck slides into home base during the game against Southeast Missouri State. Kansas State baseball finished strong with a 10-0 win on May 7. (Jersey Johnson | Collegian Media Group)

Kansas State put on a clinic Sunday, beating Southeast Missouri State 10-0 at Tointon Family Stadium. 

The Wildcats exhibited its dominance right from the beginning, scoring two runs in the first inning with center fielder Brendan Jones being hit by a pitch to start the game. Jones eventually scored when first baseman Roberto Pena was caught running between first and second base.

Right fielder Chase Rugely brought in the second run by a single to drive in shortstop Brady Day.

The Wildcats continued to add to its lead in the second inning as Pena was hit by a pitch and advanced to second on a wild pitch. Second baseman Nick Goodwin brought himself and Pena in with a two-run homer down the left-field line, extending the Wildcats’ lead to four. 

The Wildcats dominance continued in the third inning with four additional runs, including Rugely hitting a solo home run to left field. Pinch hitter Carson Queck doubled to the right, allowing fellow pinch hitter Cole Johnson to score. Jones again contributed to scoring, hitting a two-run homer to left.

The Wildcats amassed a total of nine hits, with Rugely and Goodwin each contributing two. Jones emerged as the offensive standout of the game with three RBI with Goodwin close behind with two RBI.

In contrast, Southeast Missouri State struggled offensively, managing only two hits. The Wildcats’ potent pitching and dominant hitting secured its victory over the Redhawks.

Mason Buss pitched five of the seven innings in the game, allowing only two hits and pushing his record to 4-2. Collin Rothermel finished the final two innings while collecting two strikeouts.

K-State’s record moves to 31-18 before a three-game road series against Oklahoma State starting on Friday.