Feb. 23, 2007

TAMPA, Fla. – Kansas State jumped out of the gates for three runs in the first and got solid pitching from Brad Hutt as the Wildcats topped Seton Hall, 4-2, Friday afternoon at the Yankee Player Development Complex. With the win, Kansas State improved to 4-1 overall, while Seton Hall dropped to 0-4.

Starter Brad Hutt (2-0) was strong once again as he scattered six hits over 7.0 innings of work. The junior gave up two runs, both earned, while striking out three and walking just one.

K-State jumped out on top in the first inning as the Wildcats forced Seton Hall starter Dan Merklinger (0-2) into a 45-pitch inning. Consecutive walks from Derek Bunker and Drew Biery got things going before Byron Wiley drove in the game’s first run with a single to left. After a wild pitch and a hit batsman, Brett Scott then worked a bases loaded walk to score Biery. Wiley then came in to score on another wild pitch to give the Cats a 3-0 advantage.

That would be all Hutt and company would need on the afternoon. Trevor Hurley came in to relieve Hutt in the eighth and got a 1-2-3 inning, while Daniel Edwards came in and struck out the side in the ninth to earn his second save of the season.

After Seton Hall drew to within 3-1 in the second, K-State added its fourth run of the game in the fourth when Adam Muenster drove in Eli Rumler with an RBI-groundout. Rumler led off the frame with a double to left and moved to third on a Rob Vaughn sacrifice bunt.

Seton Hall’s John Walsh hit a solo homer in the seventh off Hutt to bring the Pirates back to within two at 4-2.

The Wildcats continue play in Tampa Saturday with a doubleheader against Ohio State. First pitch is set for 12 p.m. CT at the Yankee Player Development Complex.