MANHATTAN, Kan. – Nine different Wildcats drove in a run while all 13 K-State hitters reached base safely as the K-State baseball team extended its winning streak to 11 games with a 17-2 victory over Air Force on Tuesday at Tointon Family Stadium.
For the fourth straight game, K-State (12-7) scored double digit runs and has now plated 62 runs in the four-game stretch. The Wildcats also had 17 hits against Air Force (4-14), led by three from reigning Big 12 Player of the Week, Mitch Meyer. The outfielder went 3-for-6 with a double, triple, two RBI and three runs scored.
Of the Wildcats’ 17 hits, seven were for extra bases, including three triples. In addition to Meyer, Tyler Stover and Shane Conlon also registered three-base hits. The triples were the first of the season for each of the three players.
K-State’s 11-game winning streak is tied for the third-longest in program history. Over the streak, the Wildcats are batting .363 – including a .453 clip in the last four games – while the pitching staff has a 2.36 ERA.
After scoring a single run in the first inning on a sacrifice fly from RJ Santigate, K-State scored two runs in the second, four in the third and five in the fifth to open up a 12-2 advantage. The four-run third witnessed four straight batters driving runs while the five-run fifth was highlighted by a three-run double by Tanner DeVinny that made it 10-2.
K-State added its final five runs in the seventh, three of which were driven in by Conlon with his triple. Prior to Conlon’s bases-clearing hit, Lance Miles and Kyle Speer both drove in a run with a single.
The RBI in the seventh was Miles’ second of the game, as the second baseman was one of five Wildcats with multiple RBI in the contest. DeVinny paced K-State with a career-high four RBI.
The K-State offense has averaged more than 15 runs per game since March 14, but the pitching staff has also been stingy. Starting pitcher Nate Griep earned his first win of the season after he allowed two runs on six hits and struck out five in five innings pitched. Four K-State relievers each turned in a scoreless inning of work – and combined to allow just two hits – to help the Wildcats hold their opponents to five runs in the last four games.
David Thomas had three of Air Force’s eight hits in the game, including a leadoff home run in the fourth inning of Griep.
Trent Monaghan took the loss for Air Force. The left-hander allowed 11 runs (10 earned) on nine hits and two walks in 3 1/3 innings.
K-State and Air Force will conclude their two-game midweek series on Wednesday, March 19 at Tointon Family Stadium. First pitch is at 3 pm, with right-hander Colton Kalmus starting for the Wildcats. Right hander Steve Trojan will take the bump for the Falcons.