K-State Cannot Hold On, Loses to No. 5 Oregon State 7-5




4-1 (0-0 Pac-12)

2-3 (0-0 Big 12)

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
OSU 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 3 0 7 8 0
KST 0 0 1 0 1 1 2 0 0 5 9 2
W: Fehmel (2-0) L: Floyd (0-1) S: Engelbrekt (3)
  • Time of Game: 3:07
  • First Pitch: 1:00
  • Temperature: 70 F
  • Wind: Light
  • Attendance: 2,309
SURPRISE, Ariz. – K-State held the lead over No. 5 Oregon State twice, but the Beavers scored seven runs, all with two outs, over the seventh and eighth innings to deal the Wildcats a 7-5 loss on Thursday at Surprise Stadium.

With the offense building a 3-0 lead and starting pitcher Corey Fischer limiting Oregon State (4-1) to four baserunners through the sixth, the Wildcats (2-3) gave up a pair of two-out, two-run singles in the seventh to surrender their first lead. K-State bounced back, though, in the seventh when Steve Serratore followed up back-to-back two-out walks with a two-run double to left-center field that made it 5-4 K-State.

However, for the second time in as many innings, Oregon State scratched out multiple two-out runs as it used a bases-clearing triple by pinch hitter Caleb Hamilton off freshman Mitch Zubradt to go up 7-5.

“(Oregon State) competed really hard once it got it close,” said K-State head coach Brad Hill. “Their bats got really fierce for two innings. Fouled pitches off, and then got the big hit off Zubradt.”

Zubradt, in his second career appearance, inherited runners on the corners with one out in the eighth. The right-hander walked the first batter he faced, Cadyn Grenier, to load the bases, but he then induced a force out at home on a groundball hit by Logan Ice. He could not close out the frame, though, as Hamilton hit the second Zubradt offering into the gap to score the three runs.

Fischer did not factor into the decision despite allowing just two hits and a walk in his first six innings, a span that extended his scoreless inning streak to 11 innings to start the season. The senior was responsible for two runners in the sixth as he finished the outing allowing two runs on three hits and two walks in six-plus innings. He also struck out four.

Nick Jones relieved Fischer in the seventh after the starter allowed a walk and single to put two runners on. A sacrifice bunt and lineout went down as the first two outs, but a deep infield single up the middle by designated hitter Billy King drove in two runs to cut the K-State lead to 3-2. Two batters later, pinch hitter Joe Gillette hit a line-drive single to score two more runs and give Oregon State its first lead.

“Fischer pitched well, competed hard, and we had it going into the seventh,” said Hill. “Jones came in, and did what he needed to do, but we could not minimize the damage. Unfortunately things didn’t go the way coaches draw it up sometimes.”

Fischer’s start was supported by single runs in the third, fifth and sixth innings. Danny Krause got things started in the third when he hit his first career home run to make it 1-0. In the fifth, a leadoff walk by Josh Rolette eventually came around to score on a two-out, RBI infield single hit by Clayton Dalrymple. Rolette later dropped in his own two-out RBI in the sixth when he plated Jake Scudder, who reached with a double, to make it 3-0 Wildcats.

The double for Scudder was one of four times he reached base safely as he went 2-for-4 with two walks.

The first four batters of K-State’s lineup – Dalrymple, Tyler Wolfe, Serratore and Scudder – combined for six of the Wildcats’ nine hits. Wolfe went 2-for-4 with a walk and run scored.

Despite Serratore’s clutch two RBI in the bottom of the seventh, K-State could not overcome the three unearned runs in the eighth. With a runner on first and one out, reliever Jordan Floyd forced Jack Anderson to hit a hard chopper to Wolfe, who misplayed it to help put runners on the corners and chase Floyd from the game. The error by Wolfe was one of two by K-State in the game.

Floyd took the loss, his first of the season, after being responsible for two unearned runs on two hits over 2/3 of an inning.

Oregon State reliever Bryce Fehmel picked up the win despite allowing three walks and two hits in one inning pitched. The right-hander, who spelled starter Drew Rasmussen in the seventh, gave up just a lone run, though.

Rasmussen struck out seven as well as surrendered four runs on six hits and two walks in 6 2/3 innings.

Max Engelbrekt recorded his third save of the season as he threw a scoreless 1 1/3 innings. The left-hander inherited two runners with two outs in the eighth, but he got a force out at third base to end the threat before working the scoreless ninth.

K-State and Oregon State will meet again on Friday at 1 p.m. MT. The Wildcats will start left-hander Parker Rigler on the mound while the Beavers will counter with righty Jake Thompson.

Wolfe extended his on-base streak to 27 games, a career-high.

K-State has dropped four straight to Oregon State, a streak that started in the 2013 Super Regional. Last year in Surprise, K-State climbed back from a big early deficit before losing in the ninth on a walk-off hit.

Of K-State’s 20 runs scored this season, 15 have come with two outs. Four of Thursday’s five runs were scored with two outs.