Offense carrying the day for Kansas State

May, 29, 2009

Editor's note:'s Tim Griffin will check in frequently with updates from the Houston Regional. For live scores throughout the NCAA tournament, click here.

HOUSTON -- Kansas State's power display is holding up as the Wildcats are surging to an easy victory in the first NCAA regional tournament game in the 109-season history of the program.

The Wildcats have hammered out nine extra-base hits against four Xavier pitchers to charge to a 16-6 lead after seven innings over the Musketeers.

KSU first baseman Justin Bluxom has gone 5-for-5 with two doubles, two homers and a single in the first five-hit game of his career. And KSU right fielder Jordan Cruz has added five RBIs with a double, homer and single.

The power surge apparently will make a winning pitcher out of KSU starter Lance Hoge, who scattered eight hits and three earned runs in five innings.

KSU coach Brad Hill will be hoping for an uneventful final two innings to keep from burning up his bullpen. It appears the Wildcats are poised to advance into the winner's bracket with a game Saturday night against the winner of tonight's Rice-Sam Houston State.



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