Wildcats Sweep Crucial Doubleheader at Baylor Friday
Wildcats Sweep Crucial Doubleheader at Baylor Friday
GAME 1 RECAP
28-26 (7-16 Big 12)
34-18 (12-11 Big 12)
- Time of Game: 3:52
- First Pitch: 2:05
- Temperature: 89 F
- Wind: NE 15
- Attendance: 2,018
GAME 2 RECAP
29-26 (8-16 Big 12)
34-19 (12-12 Big 12)
- Time of Game: 3:39
- First Pitch: 6:45
- Temperature: 87 F
- Wind: NE 14
- Attendance: 2,361
WACO, Texas – Kansas State kept its postseason hopes alive Friday with a day-night doubleheader sweep of Baylor, as senior Steve Serratore drove in be the go-ahead runs in K-State’s 10-8 comeback win in game one and delivered a three-run homer in a 6-5 victory in the nightcap Friday at Baylor Ballpark.
K-State (29-26, 8-16 Big 12) won a see-saw affair in game one before holding on for a one-run victory in the nightcap over Baylor (34-19, 12-12). The pair of wins move the Wildcats into sole possession of eighth place ahead of Oklahoma State (24-25, 6-14) for the final spot in the upcoming Big 12 Championship. OSU and Oklahoma will resume a rain-shortened series Saturday to determine the last team in the championship field of eight.
“I can’t say enough about the kids being able to bounce back today,” said head coach Brad Hill. “A back-and-forth game, we knew it would be, I told the guys that. Baylor’s a good ball club. Their offense is real, real strong but our kids had such great resiliency today.”
K-State finishes the regular season with a winning record for the first time since 2013 and finish 8-16 in Big 12 play for the second straight season. The Cats have now won four consecutive series against Baylor, including two road series – the only road series victories for K-State in the history of the series.
GAME 1: K-STATE 10, BAYLOR 8
K-State scored three runs in the final two innings to wipe out a one-run deficit and take game one of the doubleheader over Baylor, 10-8, marking the first time this season the Bears lost a game when leading after seven innings (27-1).
The Wildcats posted a three-run seventh inning to level the game, 7-7, before the Bears reclaimed a one-run lead following Josh Bissonette’s RBI double. Over the next two innings, the K-State offense scraped the tying run in the eighth before Serratore’s game-winning two-run single off BU closer Troy Montemayor.
K-State reliever Jordan Floyd (2-3) tossed the final three innings, holding Baylor scoreless in the final two innings to record the victory the Cats. Floyd allowed one earned run on three hits with a pair of strikeouts.
K-State got three straight two-out singles that brought home two runs in the third inning to open the game’s scoring. Jake Wodtke drew a one-out walk and later stole second with two outs on the board. Jake Scudder, Serratore and Josh Rolette each delivered a two-out hit and put the Cats on the board first for the sixth consecutive game.
Jake Wodtke added a third two-out RBI with a double in the fourth inning that brought home Josh Ethier, who earlier singled to right-center field, and pushed K-State’s lead to 3-0.
Baylor’s Shea Langeliers led off both the fourth and fifth innings with a solo homer. In the fourth, Langeliers blasted his first off Wildcat starter Parker Rigler. Rigler would not get out of the inning as the Bears plated five runs on four hits and three walks to erase K-State’s three-run lead. Aaron Dodson, Davis Wendzel and T.J. Raguse each drove in runs in the frame.
Rigler finished the day allowing five earned runs on four hits and four walks over 3 1/3 innings.
Ethier cut Baylor’s lead to two runs after leading off the sixth inning with his fourth home run of the season.
Raguse collected his second RBI single in the bottom of the sixth, pushing Baylor’s lead to 7-4. K-State reliever Tyler McKay worked out of a bases-loaded jam and held BU to one run in the inning.
Down three runs, K-State began the seventh with walks by Serratore and Rolette. Trent McMaster came through with a pinch-hit RBI single to bring home Serratore. A throwing error by on a pickoff by Baylor reliever Kyle Ott advanced the runners to second and third. Ethier added his second RBI, a sac fly to center, that made it a one-run game before Will Brennan singled through the left side to tie the game at seven runs apiece.
Bissonette roped an RBI double to right center to score Wendzel that retook the lead for Baylor in the next half inning.
Quintin Crandall delivered a game-tying two-out single for K-State in the top of the eighth before Serratore’s go-ahead two-RBI single in the top half of the ninth. Serratore’s two-run single came after Will Brennan led off the inning with a walk, the third straight inning in which K-State began an inning with a walk.
Serratore finished game one going 3-for-5 with two RBI and a run scored. Ethier was 2-for-4 with two runs batted in and two runs while Cameron Thompson added a pair of hits and runs scored.
Three Wildcat relievers – Jared Marolf, McKay and Floyd – combined to toss 5 2/3 innings with three earned runs allowed and three strikeouts.
GAME 2: K-STATE 6, BAYLOR 5
K-State led throughout the entirety of the nightcap, at one point opening a four-run lead following Serratore’s three-run home run in the fifth and held on for a 6-5 victory.
Freshman reliever Tyler Eckberg stifled Baylor in the game’s final two innings as he allowed one hit and struck out BU pinch hitter Matt Menard to end the game with two men on, collecting his fifth save of the year.
Baylor, who trailed 6-2 at the seventh-inning stretch, plated three in the home half of the seventh to crawl within a run, highlighted by a two-run home run by Kameron Esthay.
Four straight hits off Baylor starter Cody Bradford began the K-State second inning, including back-to-back doubles by Serratore and Kyle Barfield to score the game’s first run. Rolette followed with an RBI single through the left side to hand the Wildcats a 2-0 lead after an inning and a half.
Davis Wendzel cut K-State’s lead in half with solo home run to lead off the second inning. It was Baylor’s first hit off K-State starter Kasey Ford, who allowed two runs off six hits over 4 2/3 innings with a strikeout.
It remained a one-run game until Serratore’s two-out, three-run home run to right center for a 5-1 lead at the game’s halfway point. Prior to Serratore’s sixth homer of the year and first since March 8, Jake Wodtke started the inning with a walk and Cameron Thompson singled right field.
Baylor loaded the bases in the bottom of the fifth but were only able to score one after Raguse and Cunningham hit back-to-back singles to start the inning. Ford hit Dodson with the bases loaded for the only run scored, as Hudson Treu came in to induce a harmless fly-ball out to end the Baylor threat.
The Cats made it a four-run game with a single run in the sixth. Rolette started the inning with a double, advanced to third on a deep fly ball to right and scored on an RBI groundout from Brennan.
Treu held Baylor scoreless in the sixth but surrendered a two-run home run before consecutive two-out hits as the Bears scored three in the seventh that cut K-State’s lead to a single run at 6-5.
• K-State is now 34-44 all-time vs. Baylor and 8-27 on the road.
• K-State has now won four straight series vs. Baylor, including two straight road series.
• Game one marked the first time that Baylor has lost a game in which it led after seven innings.
• It was K-State’s second conference series victory of the season and finish 8-16 in the Big 12 for the second straight year.
• In the three-game series, the Cats scored 29 runs on 41 hits while Baylor plated 34 runs on 46 hits.