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K-State baseball beats Creighton 9-2

The Manhattan Mercury, Kan. — Staff Reports The Manhattan Mercury, Kan.

April 06--Apr. 6--Kansas State baseball defeated Creighton, 9-2, at TD Ameritrade Park on Saturday.

Terrence Spurlin tallied four hits. Zach Kokoska homered and had three RBIs. Starting pitcher Jordan Wicks notched nine strikeouts over seven frames.

The Wildcats (13-9) scored four in the third and three in the fourth to build a seven-run lead. K-State notched five hits over those two innings, including two RBI singles delivered by Will Brennan.

"I'm happy for those guys," head coach Pete Hughes said in a release. "There's nothing worse (than) when an offense starts pressing. I don't want those guys to press; those guys can hit. They practice and prepare too hard to not enjoy game time. It was positive to get a couple hits early and get everyone going, but it all starts with getting a bunt down. We got our bunt down with Jordan Maxson and that helped build a big inning and took pressure off everyone.

"Bottom line is you get good starting pitching, get your bunts down, keep your walks at a minimum and you don't make errors you win games."

K-State snapped a three-game losing streak with its highest run total in its last 17 games. The last time the Wildcats scored nine runs was in a win over Northern Illinois on March 12.

Creighton, which is now 15-7, lost for only the second time in its last 10 games.

Spurlin's four-hit game marked a career high, as the sophomore had a double and drove in a run. Brennan went 2-for-5 with two RBI, marking the 50th multi-hit game of his career.

Wicks matched his career highs with seven innings tossed and nine strikeouts. The freshman lefty earned his fourth victory of the season after scattering six hits with one walk and yielding two earned runs.

"I thought he was awesome," Hughes said of Wicks. "That's a good offense over there. He competed in big situations for us. It wasn't an easy outing for him -- the lead runner was on base in the first three or four innings -- and you've got to bear down and make pitches out of the stretch. He did that. He mixed up his changeup and was able to throw his fastball on the inside part of the plate."

K-State hit .304 with runners on base Saturday, while Creighton went just 2-for-16 in those situations.

Saturday's win was a bounce back contest for the Wildcats after losing the first game of the series 4-0 on Friday.

The rubber match of the three-game set begains at noon Sunday. Live video coverage is available at GoCreighton.com with radio coverage available on News Radio KMAN (93.3 FM, 1350 AM). Live audio also will stream at K-StateSports.com/watch.

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