WICHITA -- A three-run eighth inning helped erase a Wichita State University lead as the No. 16 Kansas State Wildcats went on to defeat the Shockers 7-4 Tuesday afternoon in a non-conference match-up.
Kansas State improves to 27-8 overall on the season while Wichita State falls to 22-14.
Nick Martini was 3-for-5 with two runs scored and an RBI for KSU. Kent Urban had two hits in three trips to the plate with a run scored in the win.
Tyler Giannonatti picked up his first win of the season, tossing an inning of scoreless relief while allowing only one hit and striking out one.
Cody Lassley was 2-for-4 with a home run and a double. Bret Bascue had two hits in three at-bats for WSU.
Kansas State put up the first run of the game in the top of the second inning as Kent Urban worked a one out walk and then came around to score on an RBI single by Nick Cocking.
Martini, the Wildcats leading hitter coming into the game, scored the second run for the visiting team as he touched home thanks to a fielder's choice. Kansas State tried to score a second run in the play but Daniel Dellasega was thrown out at home.
Urban became the second victim of the Shockers at home plate as the junior first baseman became the second out of the inning as Logan Hoch, pitching in relief of Tobin Mateychick, fielded a Witt Tanner bunt and threw a bullet to catcher Chris O'Brien who applied the tag. Hoch finished out the inning and kept the WildCats from adding to their lead by striking out Matt Giller for the third out.
Mateychick allowed two runs, one earned, on three hits over 3.1 innings pitched with a walk and a strike out.
The Shockers got on the board in a big way in the bottom of the sixth as Lassley took a Kayvon Bahramzadeh 2-1 offering over the left-field fence, scoring Preston Springer to tie the game at two.
The blast by Lassley, his ninth, chased Bahramzadeh. The Wildcat righty went five plus innings, allowing two runs, both earned, on six hits while walking two and striking out two.
Johnny Coy, pinch-hitting for Travis Bennett, worked a five-pitch walk to keep the inning going for WSU. Kevin Hall, pinch-running for the Shockers, moved to second on a stolen base and then advanced to third on a sacrifice bunt bringing up O'Brien. The Tulsa, Okla., native gave Wichita State its first lead of the game as he laced a single through the right-side of the infield.
Back-to-back singles by the Wildcats in the top of the eighth put runners on the corners to start the inning. Dellasega brought the tying run in on a sacrifice fly to center, scoring Carter Jurica with the third run of the game. Kansas State looked to retake the lead as Urban stroked a shot to deep center field only to have Hall rob him of extra bases with a spectacular catch at the wall for the second out of the inning.
Wichita State looked to get out of the inning but a miscommunication in the infield gave the Wildcats new life. Kansas State capitalized as pinch-hitter Ryan Moore connected for a base hit through the right-side, scoring Martini. Moore got in a run down during the play, allowing Blair DeBord to come around and add the second run of the inning to give KSU a 5-3 lead.
The Wildcats tacked on two more runs in the ninth inning on an RBI sacrifice bunt by Jurica and an RBI single by Martini.
Tyler Grimes had an RBI single in the home half of the ninth inning, scoring Walker Davidson for the fourth run of the game for WSU.
Grimes went 2-for-5 with an RBI.
Jurica was 1-for-4 with a run scored and an RBI for KSU.
O'Brien went 1-for-4 with an RBI for the Shockers. Logan Hoch tossed 2.2 innings of scoreless relief, allowing only two hits and a walk while striking out three.
Wichita State will return home tomorrow, Apr. 21, when they host Bethany College at 7 p.m.