Cats Erase Seven-Run Deficit, Fall in 10
Cats Erase Seven-Run Deficit, Fall in 10
10-8 (0-0 Big Ten)
14-6 (0-0 Big 12)
- Time of Game: 3:35
- First Pitch: 1:01
- Temperature: 76 F
- Wind: S 15 mph
- Attendance: 1,957
MANHATTAN, Kan. – Steve Serratore’s 5-for-5 day and Grant Reuben’s two home runs helped the Kansas State baseball team erase a seven-run deficit Sunday against Iowa, but ultimately fell, 12-11, in 10 innings at Tointon Family Stadium.
K-State (14-6) fell behind, 11-4, after the Hawkeye half of the sixth inning but responded with seven unanswered runs, capped by Serratore’s game-tying single that scored Cameron Thompson in the bottom of the eighth.
Two batters later, Serratore tried to score the go-ahead run from first base after Quintin Crandall laced a double to left center but was thrown out at home to end the inning.
Iowa (10-8) kept the Wildcats scoreless in the bottom of the ninth and again in the 10th after pushing ahead the winning run in the top of the 10th with an RBI double from Ben Norman off K-State reliever Jordan Floyd.
“Our guys kept their focus and didn’t try to do too much,” said head coach Brad Hill. “We worked ourselves back into it and had some big hits but got to give them credit, they made two perfect throws to get Steve (Serratore) at the plate.”
Reuben led off the bottom of the ninth inning with a single and was lifted for Kyle Barfield as a pinch runner. Barfield was thrown out at second trying to advance on a sacrifice bunt attempt and the Cats were unable to hit home the winning run.
“You really feel good getting that leadoff hitter on in the bottom of the ninth and think you’re going to win the game,” Hill added. “They make a great play going to second to get the lead out and then we just can’t follow up with any momentum there.”
The Hawkeyes got on the scoreboard early off Jake Adams’ three-run homer in the top of the first off Wildcat starter Brogan Heinen.
Adams finished the game with three home runs and seven runs batted in for Iowa.
K-State chipped away at the early deficit with single runs in the second and third innings courtesy of RBI singles from Brennan and Serratore, respectively.
Iowa extended its lead to 7-2 after Adams’ second home – a solo shot in the fourth – and a three-run fifth inning.
The Cats quickly responded with a two-out, two-run homer from Serratore in the bottom of the fifth, only to see Iowa put up four in the top of the sixth to take an 11-4 lead.
K-State scored seven runs over the next three innings, highlighted by Reuben’s two bombs that accounted for four of the Cats’ seven unanswered runs.
Heinen finished the day allowing seven runs (three earned) in 4 2/3 innings and did not factor into the decision.
Floyd, the Wildcat lefty closer, was credited with his first loss of the season (1-1) after allowing the go-ahead run in the extra frame.
Serratore finished a double short of the cycle and matched his career high with five RBI – his second five-RBI game of the season.
Reuben posted his first multi-homer day as a Wildcat and drove in a career-best four runs.
Crandall, after a walk-off triple Saturday, had two doubles and hit is fifth home run of the season.
Senior Jake Wodtke had a season-high three hits in a 3-for-6 effort and scored three times.
Reliever Nick Jones tossed a career-best three scoreless innings in his nation-leading 15th appearance.
The K-State has one final tune-up with Omaha on Tuesday before beginning Big 12 play at Texas on Friday. First pitch between the Mavericks and Wildcats is set for 6:30 p.m., at Tointon Family Stadium and will be broadcast worldwide on K-StateHD.TV. 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 11 runs on 18 hits and committed two errors and left nine runners on base. Iowa scored 12 runs on 12 hits and committed one error while stranding eight baserunners.
• After his 4-for-4 day Saturday and two singles Sunday, Brennan had six straight at-bats with a hit.
• Serratore matched his career high with five RBI. Entering 2017, he never had more than three runs batted in in a single game.
• K-State’s 18 hits were one shy of matching its season-best output and are the most in a losing effort this season.
• K-State was 7-for-15 (.467) with two outs and hit .400 (4-for-10) with runners in scoring position.
• Iowa got its leadoff man on in six of 10 innings and the Cats got their leadoff hitter on base in five innings.
• K-State was 8-for-22 (.364) with runners on base while Iowa was 8-for-21 (.381).
• After not homering in their last six games, Wildcat hitters hit four bombs Sunday.
• For Iowa, Adams finished 3-for-4 with three homers and seven RBI.
• K-State now leads the all-time series with Iowa, 17-9.
• It was Iowa’s first win in Manhattan since 1995.
• The loss was the Cats’ first in a game decided by one run (7-1).
• The Wildcats are now 13-2 when scoring at least three runs.
• K-State is now 1-1 in extra-inning games, with both games coming in the last two days.
• The Wildcats were 0-4 in extra innings last season.