K-State Falls Run Short, Swept by No. 22 Texas Tech


GAME RECAP

5

6

NR
K-STATE
WILDCATS
12-17 (0-6 Big 12)

22
TEXAS TECH
RED RAIDERS
20-8 (8-1 Big 12)

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
KST 0 0 0 1 3 0 0 0 1 5 7 2
TTU 0 0 4 1 0 1 0 0 X 6 11 0
W: Dugger (1-0) L: Fischer (1-3) S: Moseley (2)
  • Time of Game: 3:29
  • First Pitch: 12:02 pm
  • Temperature: 67 F
  • Wind: SW 10-15
  • Attendance: 3,655


LUBBOCK, Texas – K-State scored a run in the ninth and had the game-tying run at third base, but the Wildcats lost their fourth one-run game in conference play as they fell to No. 22 Texas Tech, 6-5, on Sunday at Rip Griffin Park.

The Wildcats (12-17, 0-6 Big 12), who have lost four straight, used back-to-back singles by Josh Ethier and Clayton Dalrymple in the ninth to set up the potential rally. After Jake Wodtke moved each runner up a base with a sacrifice bunt, Josh Rolette, who had two RBI in the game, drove in Ethier with a groundout to the right side of the infield to pull K-State within one for the second time on the afternoon. Jake Scudder, however, was unable to plate Dalrymple from third for the game-tying run as he grounded out to second base.

The loss resulted in a series sweep for the Red Raiders (20-8, 8-1 Big 12), which was also K-State’s second time being swept in Big 12 play – a first since 2014.

Texas Tech’s Robert Dugger earned the win after he threw 3 2/3 innings of relief. The right-hander was responsible for the lone run in the ninth as he held the Wildcats scoreless over the sixth through eighth innings. He did allow two inherited runners to score in fifth on a two-run single by Tyler Moore that pulled K-State within one, 5-4.

The Red Raiders summoned Ryan Moseley in the ninth with runners on second and third and one out. The junior induced the consecutive groundouts to close out the game for his second save of the season.

Texas Tech built its early advantage with a four-run third inning. All four of the runs were scored with two outs as K-State’s Corey Fischer worked around a leadoff walk by inducing a pop-out and Moore catching Michael Davis stealing for the second out. The Red Raiders did not relent with the bases empty, though, as back-to-back doubles off Fischer drove in the first run.

K-State went to the bullpen in Jordan Floyd after the second double, and the southpaw was able to get a groundball to first base against the fast batter he faced, Tyler Neslony. Floyd had to cover first for the throw, but he was called off the base to keep the inning alive with runners at the corners. Following a wild pitch to allow the second run to score and another K-State error, Orlando Garcia capped it all with the Red Raiders’ third double of the inning to make it 4-0.

The Wildcats responded to the third with an RBI groundout by Moore in the fourth that drove in Rolette, who reached with a leadoff double.

The Red Raiders quickly made it a four-run lead once again when Stephen Smith hit one of his two home runs in the bottom of the fourth. The Texas Tech leadoff hitter added his second homer in the sixth, which proved to be the game-winning run and made it 6-4.

In between the two home runs, the fifth and sixth of the series for the Red Raiders, the Wildcats made it a one-run game in the fifth. Preceding Moore’s two-run single, an RBI groundout by Rolette made it 5-2. Of K-State’s five runs driven in, three were on groundouts.

K-State had seven hits to Texas Tech’s 11, with Dalrymple and Ethier both turning in two-hit efforts. Both also reached with a walk.

The Wildcats drew a total of seven walks, including four off the starter Ty Harpenau. Three of the base on balls came in the second when Harpenau loaded the bases with three consecutive one-out walks. The Red Raider right-hander, though, started a double play to halt the threat as he fielded a sharply hit ball by Brooks Zimmerman.

K-State’s Corey Fischer was saddled with the loss in the start after allowing two runs, one earned, on four hits and three walks over 2 2/3 innings.

The K-State bullpen helped force the Red Raiders to strand 12 runners by holding them to no runs beyond the solo homers by Smith. Texas Tech had the bases loaded in the sixth and seventh, but it came away scoreless each time. An outfield assist by Zimmerman on a sacrifice fly attempt in the seventh was a key double play to help the Wildcats hold the Red Raiders scoreless over the last two innings.

The Wildcats will continue their stint away from home when they play a midweek non-conference game at Nebraska on Tuesday at 6:30 p.m.


NOTES
K-State dropped to 1-6 in one-run games this season. Four of the six losses have come over the last two weekends.

Rolette extended his on-base streak to 22 games, the longest in a season by a Wildcat since Tyler Wolfe reached in 22 straight to end the 2015 campaign.

With the addition of Sunday’s two-hit effort, Dalrymple leads K-State with 14 multi-hit games. He is also the owner of a 12-game on-base streak and eight-game hitting streak.