K-State Rallies Behind 16 Hits to Beat Baylor, 11-7




18-21 (5-9 Big 12)

17-22 (4-10 Big 12)

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BU 0 1 0 5 0 1 0 0 0 7 10 0
KST 2 0 0 3 4 2 0 0 X 11 16 0
W: MaVorhis (5-3) L: Lewis (1-4) S: --
  • Time of Game: 2:39
  • First Pitch: 4:04 pm
  • Temperature: 82 F
  • Wind: S 15-25
  • Attendance: 2,331  

MANHATTAN, Kan. – Six different Wildcats had multi-hit games, Jake Scudder hit his second home run of the series, and the K-State offense powered the Wildcats to an 11-7 win over Baylor on Saturday at Tointon Family Stadium to even the series.

K-State (17-22, 4-10 Big 12) snapped its three-game losing streak by rattling off 16 hits, including six straight to start a three-run fourth and three more to help fuel a four-run fifth. The seven runs over the fourth and fifth lifted the Wildcats out of a 6-2 deficit.

Scudder’s two-run home run in the sixth, his team-best sixth of the season, allowed the Wildcats to answer the run by Baylor (18-21, 5-9 Big 12) in the top half of the frame that cut the advantage to 9-7. The roundtripper, with two strikes and two outs, was off Drew Robertson.

“We had some really big at-bats today,” said K-State head coach Brad Hill. “The one that sticks out is Scudder’s (in the sixth). He fouled off a pair of two-strike pitches and then hit the two-run homer to give us a little bit of breathing room.”

While Scudder was one of the half-dozen Wildcats with at least two hits, Clayton Dalrymple and Josh Rolette led the team with three safeties apiece. The multi-hit game for Dalrymple was his team-best 21st of the season. Rolette, who also had two RBI, registered his second three-hit game over the last five contests.

Quintin Crandall, Steve Serratore and Jake Wodtke each had two hits. Crandall also had a career-high three RBI with a run-scoring single in the fourth and a two-run single in the fifth that capped the game-deciding crooked frame.

“Offensively, we answered the call today,” said Hill. “We did a great job of scoring the runs we needed to score to get a win.”

Levi MaVorhis, despite giving up three solo home runs as well as five runs in the fourth, earned his fifth win of the year after throwing six innings. The senior struck out a batter in five of his six frames, finishing with seven to go with no walks. The punchouts were his most in an outing since March 24.

“I thought it was a gritty performance, number one from Levi,” said Hill. “(The fourth inning was) where all of sudden (Baylor) made great adjustments with two outs. We couldn’t find a way to have a ball find a glove. Levi gives up five, but for him to come back with two more (innings) was a great effort.”

Baylor scored its first run in the second on a leadoff home run by Aaron Dodson and then took the lead in the fourth with the help of four two-out runs. Kameron Esthay started the frame with a solo homer, but MaVorhis struck out back-to-back batters to get the first two outs. The Bears chipped away, though, with five straight hits – capped by a two-run triple by Richard Cunningham.

K-State wasted little time in answering, however, as RBI base hits by Tyler Moore, Tyler Wolfe and Crandall brought the Wildcats within one, 6-5.

In the fifth, after MaVorhis turned in a 1-2-3 inning in the top half, K-State loaded the bases with two outs. Serratore and Wolfe gave the Wildcats the game-tying and go-ahead runs, respectively, with walks before Crandall busted it open with the two-run single into the left field corner to make it 9-6.

Mitch Zubradt and Lucas Benenati helped close out the game for the Wildcats by combining to throw three shutout innings. The two innings by Zubradt matched his career-high.

The three Wildcat pitchers did not walk any batters, a first for the pitching staff since March 13 against Milwaukee.

Baylor’s Nick Lewis, who spelled starter Drew Tolson to start the fifth, took the loss after surrendering four runs on three hits and two walks over 2/3 of an inning. Tolson, meanwhile, yielded five runs on 10 hits in four innings.

The Wildcats scored two runs off Tolson in the first to take an early lead. Dalrymple reached with an infield single and Wodtke punched a single to right before Rolette’s two-run double made it 2-0.

K-State and Baylor will meet in the rubber match on Sunday at noon. Right-hander Corey Fischer gets the start for the Wildcats and will face fellow righty Kyle Hill.

Tyler Moore extended his on-base streak to 18 games by going 1-for-3 with a hit by pitch. It is the second longest streak by a Wildcat this season.

Levi MaVorhis moved into sole possession of fifth place on K-State’s career wins list with Saturday’s victory. The right-hander’s 18 career wins are the most by a Wildcat pitcher since A.J. Morris had 22 from 2007-09.

K-State is 13-1 this season when it scores six or more runs.

The 11 runs by K-State were its most against Baylor at home since April 15, 2012 (L, 11-12 in 11 innings).

The Wildcats are also 13-4 when they score first.