K-State Falls in Extra Innings for Second Game in a Row


GAME RECAP

7

5

NR
BAYLOR
BEARS
18-20 (5-8 Big 12)

NR
K-STATE
WILDCATS
16-22 (3-10 Big 12)

2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 R H E
BU 0 1 1 1 0 0 1 0 2 7 15 0
KST 0 4 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 5 11 2
W: Ott (4-2) L: Floyd (1-3) S: Montemayor (9)
  • Time of Game: 3:38
  • First Pitch: 6:35 pm
  • Temperature: 72 F
  • Wind: SE 5
  • Attendance: 2,331


MANHATTAN, Kan. – For the second game in a row, K-State lost in extra innings as the Wildcats allowed two runs in the top of the 10th to Baylor and lost, 7-5, on Friday at Tointon Family Stadium.

K-State (16-22, 3-10) dropped its third game in a row – all of which have been decided in the opposition’s last at-bats – by surrendering three unanswered runs starting in the eighth inning. Baylor (18-20, 5-8 Big 12) tied the game at 5-5 in the eighth before it scored two runs in the 10th on a two-out throwing error by third baseman Josh Ethier.

Before the two runs in the 10th, the Wildcats were in position to drive in the game-winning run in the eighth and ninth innings. In the eighth, K-State had runners on second and third before a groundout ended the threat while in the ninth, a Jake Scudder walk loaded the bases but a forceout extended the game into extras. K-State had loaded the bases with no outs in the sixth but came away with just one run after an infield fly, strikeout, and throw out at home on a third-strike wild pitch.

“Bases loaded, and we cannot get a hit to give us some cushion and a little bit of breathing room,” said K-State head coach Brad Hill. “We had opportunities at the end to get the game-winning hit or walk-off. We just didn’t do those little things.”

Both sides combined for 26 hits and 24 runners left on base. K-State had 11 of the hits, including three apiece from Clayton Dalrymple and Jake Scudder. The Bears, meanwhile, had seven different hitters with multi-hit efforts.

The Wildcats scored all five of their runs off Baylor starting pitcher Daniel Castano, but Joe Heineman escaped the bases-loaded, no-out jam he inherited from Castano in sixth. The right-hander induced an infield fly to the first batter he faced before striking out Dalrymple to start the inning-ending double play.

“(Baylor) got it done. You have to give them credit,” said Hill. “(Heineman) came in and did a heck of a job. Bases loaded – that was the game for me. He minimized that thing, got one run out of that. It’s really disappointing.”

K-State pitchers limited Baylor to one run in the innings in which it scored over the first nine frames. Baylor took an early 2-0 lead when doubles off K-State starting pitcher Parker Rigler in the first and third inning came around to score. Baylor added solo runs in the fourth, fifth and eighth innings and had multiple runners in scoring position in seven of the 10 frames.

“We pitched out of trouble all night,” said Hill. “A lot of ones up on the board that could have been twos or threes. That’s a credit to some of our pitching. (Nick) Jones was really good. Rigler minimized, did enough to kind of hold it to one each time. (Brandon) Erickson was solid. We pitched okay, but again, we had a couple errors come back and haunt us.”

The Wildcats scored four of their five runs in the third, all with two outs, when Tyler Moore hit an RBI infield single and Scudder hit a three-run home run over the wall in right-center to make it 4-2 Wildcats. Jake Wodtke’s two-out single started the rally, preceding a single by Josh Rolette.

The homer by Scudder was his fifth of the season, the most by a Wildcat since 2013.

Baylor chipped away at the K-State lead, though, starting in the fourth when Ethier committed the first of his two errors on a groundball hit by Josh Bissonette with one out. Bissonette worked his way to second on a wild pitch by Rigler before a two-out single by Steven McLean drove in the Baylor shortstop to make it 4-3 K-State.

In the fifth, the Bears evened the score when Joe Sabatini hit a sacrifice fly off Erickson. The runner that scored, Darryn Sheppard, was inherited from Rigler.

Rigler finished his outing scattering 10 hits over four-plus innings and allowing four runs (three earned). 

Erickson turned in 3 1/3 innings, surrendering one run on four hits and one walk. The right-hander also struck out a pair to end both the sixth and seventh to give him four punchouts on the night.

Nick Jones, who spelled Erickson in the eighth after the right-hander allowed an RBI double, kept the score tied as he struck out one and induced a fly out. The right-hander, who finished throwing 1 2/3 innings, stranded two runners in scoring position with the fly out and has now turned in a scoreless outing in his last five appearances.

Baylor’s Kyle Ott earned the win, throwing 1 1/3 innings, and Troy Montemayor earned his ninth save.

The Wildcats will look to even the series on Saturday when they take on the Bears at 4:05 p.m. Right-hander Levi MaVorhis will get the start on the mound for K-State and face Baylor’s Drew Tolson.


NOTES
Six straight games between K-State and Baylor have been decided by three runs or less.

Of K-State’s 10 conference losses, six are by two runs or less.

The three-hit game by Clayton Dalrymple was his 20th multi-hit game of the season, the most by a Wildcat since 2013.

K-State is 0-4 in extra-inning games this season.