K-State Loses Series Opener to Texas, 6-3
K-State Loses Series Opener to Texas, 6-3
13-17 (4-3 Big 12)
13-18 (0-7 Big 12)
W: Cooper (2-1) L: Rigler (2-6) S: Shugart (2)
- Time of Game: 3:14
- First Pitch: 6:35 p.m.
- Temperature: 67 F
- Wind: N 10-15
- Attendance: 2,331
MANHATTAN, Kan. – K-State surrendered a pair of home runs to Kody Clemens and Kacy Clemens while its offense was held to one unearned run on four hits in the first six innings by Morgan Cooper as the Wildcats lost the series opener to the Longhorns, 6-3, on Friday at Tointon Family Stadium.
The Wildcats (13-18, 0-7 Big 12) lost their seventh straight game to open the Big 12 season due to Texas (13-17, 4-3 Big 12) opening up a 6-1 lead by the seventh inning. The Longhorns, who had 12 hits, had a baserunner in every inning but stranded 11.
With Texas keeping the pressure on K-State offensively, Longhorn starting pitcher Cooper surrendered one run in his quality start. The right-hander struck out seven and issued one walk in his second win of the season.
Wildcat starting pitcher Parker Rigler suffered his sixth loss after allowing four runs, three earned, on eight hits and one walk over five innings. The left-hander surrendered the two-run homer to Kody Clemens in the third that made it 3-1, an inning after allowing an RBI single in the second to score the game’s first run.
“(Texas) got the big hits on mistakes,” said K-State head coach Brad Hill. “We didn’t do a good job of commanding the zone with what we are trying to do.”
Rigler also struck out five, giving him a team-high 43 on the season. Three Wildcat pitchers combined for eight strikeouts but also issued five walks.
Jake Scudder hit his team-leading fourth home run of the season to pull the Wildcats within three in the eighth. The two-out homer was off Texas reliever Travis Duke and was the junior’s second in as many games and third in his last six.
Scudder’s homer was in response to Kacy Clemens’ third roundtripper of the season that extended Texas’ lead to 6-1 in the seventh. The first baseman swatted his two-run home run off Colton Kalmus.
Kalmus finished the game for the Wildcats by turning in his longest outing since March 20. The right-hander threw 2 2/3 innings and walked three while striking out a pair.
The Wildcats, who had four of their eight hits after the sixth inning, put a baserunner on in seven of the nine frames. Clayton Dalrymple and Michael Smith led the team with two hits apiece.
“Offensively, we were not very good for six innings,” said Hill. “We looked confused and did not get a lot of swings off. We had a lot of punchouts. In those last three innings, you saw us come out of it, but we needed those kinds of swings earlier in the game. We have to be in that mode earlier.”
The Wildcats scored their first run in the third when Smith led off with a triple into the right field corner. After Jake Wodtke drew a one-out walk, Josh Rolette hit a ball to second base for a potential inning-ending double play. However, Kacy Clemens dropped the throw from Kody Clemens to allow Rolette to reach and Smith to score.
Smith added his second hit in the ninth with two outs, but the freshman was forced out at second to end the game on a groundball hit by Dalrymple.
Chase Shugart recorded the final four outs to record his second save of the year. The right-hander surrendered two hits and struck out one.
The second game of the three-game set is on Saturday at 2 p.m. K-State will send senior Levi MaVorhis to the mound for the start, opposing Texas’ left-hander Ty Culbreth.
The home run by Scudder was the first roundtripper hit by a Wildcat against Texas since March 25, 2012 when Wade Hinkle hit a solo home run in the second inning of that game.
Five of K-State’s seven conference losses are by three runs or less.
The Wildcats have lost five straight to Texas.
Three Wildcats extended their on-base streaks: Josh Rolette, 24 games; Clayton Dalrymple, 14 games; and Tyler Moore, 10 games. Dalrymple also has a career-high 10-game hitting streak.
Rigler has five or more strikeouts in five straight starts, making him the first K-State pitcher to do that since Nate Griep in 2015 (February 13-March 13).