Four-Run 11th Inning Results in 5-1 K-State Loss


GAME RECAP

5

1

NR
NEBRASKA
CORNHUSKERS
23-14 (7-5 Big Ten)

NR
K-STATE
WILDCATS
16-21 (3-9 Big 12)

3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 R H E
NU 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 5 13 1
KST 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 11 3
W: Luensmann (1-1) L: Benenati (1-3) S: --
  • Time of Game: 3:58
  • First Pitch: 6:35 pm
  • Temperature: 66 F
  • Wind: E 5-10
  • Attendance: 2,331


MANHATTAN, Kan. – K-State surrendered four runs and faced 10 Nebraska batters in the 11th inning and lost, 5-1, to the Cornhuskers on Tuesday at Tointon Family Stadium to split the season series.

The Wildcats (16-21) had 11 hits but stranded 12 baserunners to lose its third extra-inning game in as many chances this season. They finished the game 0-for-10 with runners in scoring position.

Nebraska (23-14) scored all four runs off Lucas Benenati in the final inning as a leadoff single by Scott Schreiber, wild pitch, and a fielding error by Benenati on a Jake Meyers sacrifice bunt attempt put runners on the corners. The Huskers went on to produce runs on a Taylor Fish single, balk and two-RBI single by Jake Schleppenbach.

Prior to the 11th, K-State held Nebraska scoreless for six innings, stranding four and turning two inning-ending double plays.

“We pitched it really well tonight,” said K-State head coach Brad Hill. “With a bad thing that takes place early in the game (Tyler Moore was hit by a pitch on the forearm, removing the designated hitter from the lineup), and now all of sudden you’re having to shuffle around and mix and match pitching with pinch hitters. It’s one run on 11 hits, unfortunately. The bases loaded and no outs (in the fifth) and just getting one (run) out of that was crucial. We made some great defensive plays to kind of give ourselves a chance and keep going. The last inning just fell apart on us.”

K-State had runners on in 10 of the 11 innings, using its 11 singles, two walks and two hit batters to put pressure on Nebraska. However, the Huskers limited the Wildcats to the one run in the fifth on a Cory Wright pinch-hit sacrifice fly.

The Wildcats loaded the bases with no outs in the fifth, but three straight fly outs induced by Nebraska reliever Reece Eddins ended the frame. The fifth was one of the six innings in which K-State had runners in scoring position.

“Bases loaded and no outs – that should be a minimum of two (runs), but we only got one out of it,” said Hill. “That’s part of it. We had some other opportunities. There are enough hits on the board to have four or five runs. (Nebraska) kind of did the same thing. Their hits counted late, but early on we did a great job of doing the same thing they were doing to us.”

The Wildcats were able to bring the game-tying run to the plate in the bottom of the 11th when Tyler Wolfe was hit by a pitch, Quintin Crandall singled and Josh Ethier walked. Clayton Dalrymple, though, hit into a game-ending double play.

Nebraska scored its first run in the fourth when Meyers hit an RBI single off Brandon Erickson. The hit was one of two surrendered by the K-State right-hander in the inning before he struck out two to end the frame and then threw a 1-2-3 fifth.

Erickson replaced K-State starting pitcher Logan Wiley, who struck out three and scattered two hits over three innings in a no-decision. The freshman was forced to be entered into the batting order when catcher Moore was removed from the game after being hit by a pitch in the first inning. Josh Rolette, who was originally the designated hitter, replaced Moore defensively at catcher to start the second.

The Wildcats used six pitchers, with Wiley, Wright, Nick Jones and Jordan Floyd each turning in scoreless outings. Floyd, who threw briefly in two of the three games at West Virginia last weekend, tossed three innings to match his season-high.

Nebraska’s Chad Luensmann earned the win after holding the Wildcats scoreless for the 10th and 11th innings.

K-State is set to play at Omaha for the second of its two midweek games on Wednesday at 6:35 p.m. Right-hander Colton Kalmus will start for the Wildcats while the Mavericks have yet to announce their starting pitcher.


NOTES
Tyler Wolfe had four hits, his most in a game since May 1, 2015 vs. Arkansas State when he also had four.

Despite only having one plate appearance, Tyler Moore extended his career-high on-base streak to 16 games.

K-State pitchers had 12 strikeouts, its most in a game since March 26 vs. Oklahoma State (10 innings). The Wildcats struck out five in the first meeting against Nebraska on April 5.

Tuesday marked the third time this year the Wildcats were held to no extra-base hits (Last: March 20 vs. Western Carolina, 10 hits).