Dozen Strikeouts by MaVorhis Fuel 7-0 Win

GAME RECAP

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7

NR
MILWAUKEE
PANTHERS
4-11 (0-0 Horizon)

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K-STATE
WILDCATS
10-5 (0-0 Big 12)

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
UWM 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 3
KST 0 1 0 0 0 1 5 0 X 7 10 1
W: MaVorhis (3-0) L: Reuss (1-2) S: --
  • Time of Game: 2:31
  • First Pitch: 1:04 pm
  • Temperature: 61 F
  • Wind: S 5-10
  • Attendance: 2,014
MANHATTAN, Kan. – Levi MaVorhis struck out a career-high 12 – the most by a Wildcat since 2011 – and limited Milwaukee to just three hits over seven shutout innings as K-State blanked the Panthers, 7-0, on Sunday at Tointon Family Stadium.

The Wildcats (10-5) clinched the series against Milwaukee (4-11) behind the effort of MaVorhis, who set down 21 of the 24 batters faced. The senior did not issue a walk while his strikeouts were the most since Matt Applegate also had a dozen against New Orleans on May 14, 2011.

After allowing back-to-back hits in the first, MaVorhis went on to retire 16 in a row until a leadoff single in the seventh. He stranded the runner at second, however, by sandwiching a groundout with his last two punchouts to cap his day.

“For me, in the first inning with the two hits and two men on base, (MaVorhis) had great composure, and you could see he really got on a roll,” said K-State head coach Brad Hill. “He had good command, and that two-seamer was back. That is something that is very important to him. But it all started with him on the mound. It took some pressure off of us offensively.”

MaVorhis improved to 3-0 in his four starts this year while Sunday’s outing also matched the longest by a Wildcat – both recorded by him. The first time MaVorhis went seven innings was on February 21 at UC Riverside when he held the Highlanders scoreless in K-State’s eventual 8-1 win. 

The Wildcats used RBI by Tyler Moore in the second and sixth innings to take a 2-0 lead, but they broke it open in the seventh with five runs. Freshmen Josh Rolette and Brooks Zimmerman each had two-run doubles to help score the quintet of runs. Jake Scudder got it started, though, with an RBI single off Jake Tuttle to plate Jake Wodtke, who drew a leadoff walk to help him reach base safely three times in the game.

“I give a lot of credit to Jake Scudder,” said Hill about the big seventh. “He had three at-bats that were not really that productive, and to come up in that huge situation against the left-hander. It was left on left, and he hit the ball back to the middle. You could see the relaxation happen after that. It always takes that first hit to take that monkey off your back.”

Rolette had three of K-State’s nine hits to turn in his third multi-hit game of the series. Over the three games, he hit .636 (7-for-11) with two doubles and three RBI.

Zimmerman’s double was his third hit over the last two games, two of which were for extra bases.

A K-State bullpen combo of Mitch Zubradt and Jordan Floyd preserved K-State’s second shutout of the season with scoreless eighth and ninth innings. The freshman Zubradt worked around a two-out infield single while striking out two. Floyd made his team-high seventh appearance of the season and retired all three batters he faced.

The Wildcats finished the game with 14 strikeouts, its most in a game since February 17, 2013 vs. George Mason (15), while not issuing any walks. It was the second time this year K-State did not allow a free pass (February 20 at UC Riverside).

The Wildcats, who have won six of their first seven games of the current 12-game homestand, host Stephen F. Austin for a two-game set starting on Tuesday at 6:35 p.m.


NOTES
The win was Brad Hill’s 400th in his K-State career. He joins Mike Clark (435 from 1987-2003) as the only two coaches in Wildcat history with 400 victories.

K-State has won seven straight non-conference weekend series at home.

The win for MaVorhis was the 16th of his K-State career, moving him into sole possession of eighth place on K-State’s all-time career wins list. He needs one more to enter into a tie for fifth.

K-State’s 10-5 record is its best 15-game start to a season since 2013 when it also started 10-5.

Wildcat pitchers had 35 strikeouts and 12 walks during the series. Over the last two games, K-State struck out 23 and walked three.