K-State Loses 5-4 in 10 Innings, Swept by No. 19 Oklahoma State
K-State Loses 5-4 in 10 Innings, Swept by No. 19 Oklahoma State
17-7 (3-0 Big 12)
11-13 (0-3 Big 12)
W: Buffett (4-1) L: Benenati (0-1) S: --
- Time of Game: 4:07
- First Pitch: 2:05 pm
- Temperature: 51 F
- Wind: N 5-10
- Attendance: 2,006
MANHATTAN, Kan. – K-State erased a two-run deficit in the eighth inning to force extra innings, but the Wildcats lost their fourth straight one-run game and were swept by No. 19 Oklahoma State with a 5-4 result in 10 innings on Saturday at Tointon Family Stadium.
After pulling within one run in the eighth inning of each of the first two games in the series, the Wildcats (11-13, 0-3 Big 12) were able to tie the game for the second time in the finale after loading the bases with no outs in the eighth. A walk by pinch hitter Danny Krause drove in the first run and hit by pitch drawn by Michael Smith evened the game at 4-all.
In the 10th inning, however, Oklahoma State (17-7, 3-0 Big 12) loaded the bases with back-to-back two-strike singles and a one-out intentional walk against Lucas Benenati. J.R. Davis, facing Benenati in his second inning of work, was able to get a productive out by driving in the game-winning run on sacrifice fly. The run allowed was Benenati’s first in 10 appearances this season.
K-State was able to put runners on the corners in the bottom of the 10th, with the help of a single by Jake Wodtke and throwing error by shortstop Donnie Walton on a groundball hit by Clayton Dalrymple with two outs, but the two runners were stranded to end the game. The Wildcats finished with a season-high 13 runners left on base.
The loss, K-State’s first extra-inning defeat in Big 12 play since the season finale in 2014 against Texas, stretched the Wildcats’ overall losing streak to seven games. The four consecutive one-run losses are a first for the program since 1973.
“There are no moral victories in losing three one-run games to a top-25 ballclub, but on the positive side of it, it’s three one-run games to a top-25 ballclub. It’s that close,” said K-State head coach Brad Hill. “It’s the little mistakes, and that’s what also defines losing. Little mistakes beat you. The first day, we can’t drive a run in with runners on third base. The next day, it’s walks, and today, defense.”
While a bullpen effort, led by three innings from Jordan Floyd, held Oklahoma State to no runs from the third through the seventh, K-State was able to put a runner in scoring position in four of those five frames. In the third, the Wildcats had the bases loaded with one out while in the seventh, Smith advanced to second with no outs after a single and stolen base. However, K-State was 3-for-24 with runners on base on the afternoon and 2-for-17 with them in scoring position.
K-State also committed three errors, all in the first two innings, to match its season-high set in the season opener at UC Riverside. In the first, a throwing error by right fielder Cade Bunnell allowed Corey Hassel to reach third on his double – where he eventually scored on the second of Oklahoma State’s five doubles in the game. In the second, a fielding error by third baseman Steve Serratore to open the inning and a dropped fly ball by Bunnell with two outs allowed the Cowboys to score two runs and take a 3-1 lead.
“We still could not get a big hit today, but if we play defense, we win that ballgame,” said Hill. “We cost ourselves early in the game.”
Oklahoma State added its crucial fourth run in the eighth with a leadoff home run by Garrett Benge off Cory Wright. It was the third home run by the Cowboys in the last two games.
Before the two-error, two-run second inning, K-State was able to tie the game at 1-1 when Dalrymple, who reached with a leadoff infield single, scored on a groundout by Josh Rolette.
The Wildcats later added their second run in the fifth to cut the deficit to 3-2. Following a double down the right field line by Dalrymple, Tyler Wolfe plated his fellow senior with an opposite-field single to right.
Wolfe’s hit in the fifth was the only run-producing hit in K-State’s 17 opportunities with runners in scoring position. Tyler Moore’s single in the eighth with runners on first and second loaded the bases to help set up the two-run frame.
With the addition of Saturday’s 13 runners left on base, K-State stranded 31 in the series. Oklahoma State left 28 on base in the series, including 12 on Saturday, as both teams combined to go 10-for-79 (.126) with runners in scoring position over the three games.
Dalrymple and Smith each had two hits to contribute to K-State’s total of nine in the game. For Dalrymple, it was his team-high 11th multi-hit effort this season while for Smith, it was his first.
Both starting pitchers did not factor into the decisions. K-State’s Corey Fischer, making his first start since March 11, allowed three runs, one earned, in three-plus innings. Jensen Elliott threw 117 pitches for Oklahoma State and surrendered two runs, one earned, over six-plus innings.
Floyd matched Fischer in innings pitched as the left-hander was summoned in the fourth after back-to-back hits off Fischer to start the frame. Floyd stranded both runners in scoring position and went on to allow just one hit among the 11 batters he faced. He also added three strikeouts to help the Wildcats total 14 in the game. Fischer had a season-high six punchouts.
“We could have easily chunked it today, pitchers come out and give up runs,” said Hill. “We didn’t do that, to our credit. But we do need to get it turned around. Someone needs to get a big hit. Someone needs to make that play and we don’t need to walk some guys in key situations.
Tyler Buffett, pitching for the third time in the series, earned the win after holding K-State to no runs in three innings.
K-State will step out of Big 12 play for a pair of midweek home games. The Wildcats face Omaha on Tuesday at 6:35 p.m. and then Oral Roberts on Wednesday at 4:05 p.m.
The last time K-State lost seven straight games was in 2012 when it dropped nine straight from April 20-May 1. Over the current losing streak, K-State’s average margin of defeat is 2.6 runs.
K-State is 1-5 in one-run games this season.
The last time K-State was swept in a home conference series was against Oklahoma State in 2014. The Wildcats have now lost nine straight to the Cowboys in Manhattan.
Rolette was issued an intentional walk in the third to extend his on-base streak to 17 games. It is the longest by a K-State freshman since Blair DeBord in 2010 (17 games).
K-State pitchers struck out 37 in the series. Saturday’s 14 were a season-high, surpassing the previous mark of 13 set on Friday.