Crandall’s 10th-Inning Walk-Off Caps K-State’s Comeback Win


GAME RECAP

4

5

NR
IOWA
HAWKEYES
9-7 (0-0 Big Ten)

RV
K-STATE
WILDCATS
14-5 (0-0 Big 12)

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 R H E
UI 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 2 0 0 4 4 1
KSU 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 1 1 1 5 9 1
W: Jones (4-0) L: Nelson (0-1) S: None
  • Time of Game: 3:21
  • First Pitch: 5:02
  • Temperature: 66 F
  • Wind: ESE 7 mph
  • Attendance: 1,962

MANHATTAN, Kan. – Senior Quintin Crandall’s walk-off triple in the bottom of the 10th inning handed the Kansas State baseball team a 5-4 come-from-behind victory over Iowa Saturday at Tointon Family Stadium.

K-State (14-5) clawed back to tie the game in the bottom of the seventh and again in the bottom of the ninth to force the game into extra innings. With two outs and Steve Serratore on first base, Crandall laced a ball into right center just past the outstretched glove of Iowa (9-8) center fielder Justin Jenkins.

It was the Wildcats’ second walk-off victory this season and third win when trailing after eight innings. K-State improves to 7-0 in one-run games this season. 

“Always helps with the leadoff guy on,” Crandall said of his 10th-inning at-bat. “I can’t dwell on the at-bats before, it wasn’t what I wanted, that’s for sure, but baseball is a game of opportunities. He put one in the wheelhouse and … I hit it to the gap and watched Steve (Serratore) run.”

Crandall finished the night 1-for-5.

“Great effort by our guys just to hang in there,” head coach Brad Hill after the game. “You battle and they take the lead and you come back. We made the most of our opportunities. We had some opportunities early in the game to do some things but we didn’t quite get it done … Really happy for (Crandall) to get that big hit.”

The Cats scored single runs in each of the final four innings in their comeback efforts to tie the game twice and eventually win in extra innings.

Josh Ethier knocked a two-out double to score Will Brennan in the bottom of the seventh to tie the game at two, only to see Iowa recapture the lead in the top of the eighth with two runs on two hits off reliever Tyler Eckberg.

“We still felt pretty good,” said Hill of the late deficit. “Everyone stayed positive, we felt pretty good about it. We finally got a big hit, a couple of them.”

In the home half of the eighth inning, the Cats loaded the bases with no one out after two walks and a hit batter but were only able to plate a one run.

Still trailing by a run, Brennan singled – his fourth hit of the game – and later scored on Cameron Thompson’s single up the middle to tie the game 4-4 in the bottom of the ninth.

Senior righty Nick Jones pitched a perfect ninth and 10th inning to keep the score tied for Crandall’s walk-off triple. Jones earned his fourth win of the season (4-0) and struck out one Hawkeye batter in his NCAA-leading 14th appearance.

Wildcat starter Parker Rigler handed in his third straight quality start as the senior lefty went six innings and gave up two earned runs with a pair of punchouts.

Redshirt sophomore Bryce Ward threw a perfect seventh inning in his first appearance since the opening game of the season.

“Pretty good pitching all the way around,” added Hill. “The staff was really good. Jones there at the end was outstanding.”

“There’s no quit in this team,” added Crandall. “Jones came in and threw up zeroes and kept us in it and the hitters didn’t lose focus.”

Hitting leadoff, Thompson was 2-for-5 with a double and an RBI. Sophomore catcher Josh Rolette had an RBI double in the fourth inning to give K-State a 1-0 lead before the Hawkeyes took their first lead after two in the fifth courtesy of a two-run homer by UI catcher Tyler Cropley.

The three-game series with Iowa wraps up Sunday at Tointon Family Stadium First pitch is scheduled for 1 p.m., and will be broadcast worldwide on K-StateHD.TV with Matt Walters and Blair DeBord calling the action. Fans can also listen to K-State baseball all season on KMAN 1350 AM and 93.3 FM and streaming free at k-statesports.com.

INSIDE THE BOX SCORE

K-State scored five runs on nine hits and committed one error and left eight runners on base. Iowa scored four runs on four hits and committed one error while stranding four baserunners.

Brennan’s four hits are a new career high.

Thompson leads the team with 11 multi-hit games this season. The next best has six.

K-State got its leadoff man on in four of the 10 innings.

Iowa had just five at-bats in the game with runners in scoring position (1-for-5). K-State hit .154 (2-for-13) with runners in scoring position.

The Cats hit .333 (4-for-12) with two outs.

K-State had three two-out RBI while the Hawkeyes had none.

Rigler allowed his first home run of the season.

NOTES

K-State now leads the all-time series with Iowa, 17-8.

K-State is now 12-5 at home against the Hawkeyes, winning the last 12 games at home

The Wildcats are now 13-1 when scoring at least three runs.

K-State is now 7-0 in one-run games this season. Last year, the Cats were 3-10.

The Wildcats now have three wins when trailing after eight innings. In 2016, K-State was 0-26 when trailing after eight.

It was the Cats’ second walk-off victory this season after not having any last year. It was K-State’s first extra-inning game of 2017.

Brad Hill now has 430 career wins as the Wildcat skipper, just six wins shy of becoming the program’s all-time winningest coach.