K-State Pounds Out 20 Runs in Rout of Utah
K-State Pounds Out 20 Runs in Rout of Utah
2-5 (0-0 Pac-12)
4-4 (0-0 Big 12)
W: Kalmus (1-1) L: Ottesen (0-2) S: None
- Time of Game: 3:11
- First Pitch: 1:28 PM
- Temperature: 77 F
- Wind: 5-10 mph, Out to LF
- Attendance: ---
SURPRISE, Ariz. – K-State used 17 hits and five Utah errors to score its most runs in two years as the Wildcats put away the Utes, 20-4, on Sunday at Surprise Stadium to end its 11-day, eight-game road trip to start the season.
A day after setting season-highs in hits and runs, K-State (4-4) reestablished those team bests against the Utes (2-5) by scoring a dozen runs and tallying 12 hits by the sixth inning.
The 20 total runs by the Wildcats were their most in a game since March 15, 2014 vs. Northern Colorado (24). The 17 hits, meanwhile, were their most since they had 18 against then-No. 3 TCU on April 10, 2015.
“We had a great approach today,” said K-State head coach Brad Hill. “We hit a lot of balls flat and middle of the yard. We also had some two-out RBI, which carried over from yesterday. We just played a solid game.”
The Wildcats had multiple runners in scoring position in all but two inning and went 8-for-15 in such situations. K-State was also 6-for-15 with two outs, helping it produce seven two-out RBI.
In the two games against Utah, K-State had 11 two-out RBI.
Five different Wildcats had multi-hit efforts, led by a season-high three hits from Jake Wodtke. The second baseman finished 3-for-5 with an RBI and two runs scored.
Clayton Dalrymple, Tyler Moore, Jake Scudder and Tyler Wolfe each had two hits. Serratore and Moore had their first homers of the season among their two safeties. Serratore hit a leadoff home run in the fourth while Moore swatted his fifth career homer, a two-run shot, in the sixth that capped a four-run frame.
The two roundtrippers marked the first time K-State had multiple home runs in a game since April 4, 2014 vs. KU.
In addition to the multi-hit games, Dalrymple, Scudder and Moore also had more than one RBI. Dalrymple finished with a season-high three, all of which were produced with singles over the second and third inning. The senior contributed his first in the second, a four-run frame, and then added two more with two outs in the third inning that made it 8-1 K-State.
Quintin Crandall, Josh Ethier and Serratore also had two RBI apiece. Crandall drove in his two runs with his first career hit, a single to center, in a seven-run eighth. Ethier added his two RBI when he laid down a squeeze bunt in the second and then an RBI double to spark the big third.
K-State starting pitcher Colton Kalmus made the most of the run support by turning in his own strong outing. The redshirt junior struck out five and walked one while surrendering four hits and one run over 5 1/3 innings. The four hits allowed were his fewest in a start of five or more innings since February 21, 2015 vs. Washington (4).
“It all started with Colton Kalmus,” said Hill. “He pitched well. It’s always nice to get that good start. We then got on the board early, which put us in a good state offensively.”
Senior Lucas Benenati threw the most innings among K-State relievers as he retired all four batters he faced over the eighth and ninth innings. In his three appearances this year, the right-hander has yet to allow a run.
Parker Rigler (0.2 IP), John Boushelle (1.0) and Davis Schwab (0.2) also took the mound for the Wildcats out of the bullpen.
Utah starting pitcher Riley Ottesen was touched up for eight runs, five earned, on seven hits in three innings of a losing decision.
The Wildcats ended up taking advantage of six Utah wild pitches and four hit batsmen in addition to the five errors. All five Ute errors eventually led to runs.
K-State is back in action on Friday when it opens its home schedule against Arkansas-Pine Bluff at 3:05 p.m.
The 20 runs were the most by K-State in a road/neutral game since March 2, 2010 vs. Western Michigan (27).
Dalrymple, Serratore and Wodtke have reached base safely in all eight games this year.
Scudder has a five-game hitting streak, batting .500 (9-for-18) with six walks and seven RBI over the stretch.
Scudder, Wodtke and Wolfe lead the team with four multi-hit games this year.
K-State was 13-for-30 (.433) with runners in scoring position in the two games against Utah.