K-State Drops Doubleheader at No. 22 Texas Tech

LUBBOCK, Texas – K-State was swept in a doubleheader at No. 22 Texas Tech on Saturday, losing game one, 10-3, before dropping game two, 10-4, at Rip Griffin Park.

The Wildcats (12-16, 0-5 Big 12) allowed multiple runs in five of the eight innings that Texas Tech (19-8, 7-1 Big 12) scored across both contests. In game one, a seven-run second inning by the Red Raiders proved too much while they pulled away in game two with runs over the final four frames to break open a 3-1 contest.

K-State was also out-hit, 22-17, over the twinbill. The Red Raiders had 10 extra-base hits, including four home runs.

“A lot of mistakes pitching wise, giving up big hits in situations,” said K-State head coach Brad Hill. “We kept competing and fighting offensively today, but again, not a lot of runs up on the scoreboard. It boils down to every inning that (the Red Raiders) scored. If you are going to put some guys on, you have to make better pitches. We have to get some groundballs, but we’re not doing that. We’re getting elevated pitches that are going for doubles and home runs on us.”

The Wildcats’ 0-5 start to the conference season is their worst since 2003. 

Texas Tech plated seven runs in the second inning and had a three-run home run by Stephen Smith in the sixth to help beat the Wildcats, 10-3.

The Red Raiders had nine straight hitters reach base in the crooked second after K-State starting pitcher Levi MaVorhis retired the first batter. Following RBI delivered by No. 8 and 9 hitters in the Texas Tech lineup, Trey Ochoa and Tyler Floyd, the Red Raiders kept the scoring going with two-run singles by Smith and Tanner Gardner.

Smith, Texas Tech’s leadoff hitter, finished the game with five RBI after he added the Red Raiders’ first home run of the day in the seventh off Logan Wiley.

The K-State offense was able to scrap together 10 hits after having just one through the first four innings. Jake Scudder paced all Wildcats with three hits while Clayton Dalrymple swatted his first career home run in the sixth.

The homer by Dalrymple preceded an RBI single by Scudder that cut the Wildcats’ deficit to 7-2. However, the three-run homer by Smith made it a 10-2 advantage for the Red Raiders.

MaVorhis suffered his second loss of the year after allowing nine runs, eighth earned, on 10 hits and a walk in 5 2/3 innings. Wiley finished out the game by throwing 2 1/3 innings and striking out two.

Texas Tech starting pitcher Davis Martin earned the win in a quality start after he held the Wildcats to two runs, one earned, on four hits over six innings.

K-State struck first with a lone run in its first at-bats, but Texas Tech pulled away over the next seven innings to complete the doubleheader sweep.

An RBI single by Jake Scudder drove in Clayton Dalrymple in the first, but the Red Raiders scored four runs on K-State starting pitcher Parker Rigler from the second through the fifth. The left-hander surrendered four hits, including three for extra bases. The final one, a solo homer by Orlando Garcia, made it 4-1 in the fifth.

Garcia had two home runs, along with a triple, to make up his three hits. He tied Eric Gutierrez for the game-high in hits as the Red Raider first baseman also had a home run, a three-run shot in the seventh off Nick Jones.

After Garcia hit his two-run homer in the eighth to make it 10-1, K-State scored three runs in the ninth after an RBI double by Tyler Wolfe and run-producing groundouts by Josh Ethier and Sam Chadick.

No Wildcat had more than one hit in game two, but Scudder did reach base safely three times with a single and two walks.

Rigler took the loss, his fifth of the year. He also struck out seven, which fell one shy of his career-high. 

Each of the three K-State relievers were saddled with runs. Cory Wright led all relievers with two innings of work.

Texas Tech starting pitcher Steven Gingery earned the win by holding the Wildcats to one run on four hits and four walks in six innings.

K-State will aim to salvage a win in the series on Sunday when the Wildcats and Red Raiders face off at 12 p.m. Right-hander Corey Fischer gets the start for the Wildcats and face Red Raiders’ righty Ty Harpenau.

K-State is 5-5 in doubleheaders over the last three years.

Josh Rolette extended his on-base streak to 21 games by reaching base safely in both games. It is the longest on-base streak by a Wildcat this season.

Over the last three games, Scudder is 9-for-12 (.750) with three RBI and four runs scored. 

Dalrymple, meanwhile, has a seven-game hitting streak. He is batting .387 (12-for-31) with four extra-base hits and five RBI.