K-State's 15 Hits Power 11-5 Win
K-State's 15 Hits Power 11-5 Win
STEPHEN F. AUSTIN
9-9 (0-3 Southland)
11-6 (0-0 Big 12)
W: Wiley (1-0) L: Adams (1-1) S: ---
- Time of Game: 2:55
- First Pitch: 3:04 pm
- Temperature: 60 F
- Wind: W 10-15
- Attendance: 1,991
MANHATTAN, Kan. – Tyler Wolfe drove in a career-high four runs and was one of five Wildcats with a multi-hit effort in a 15-hit barrage as K-State beat Stephen F. Austin, 11-5, on Wednesday at Tointon Family Stadium to split the two-game midweek series.
Wolfe had a two-run single in the first and sixth innings to help the Wildcats (11-6) score in seven of their eight times up to bat. The senior also reached base safely four times in his five plate appearances as he drew a game-high two walks.
While Wolfe had two hits, Quintin Crandall, Jake Scudder and Jake Wodtke each had three safeties to go with at least one RBI. Crandall, making his first start since March 4, posted his new career-high in hits while he added an RBI and two runs scored. Scudder went 3-for-4 with an RBI in the seventh on a single and another on a force out in K-State’s two-run seventh. Wodtke, meanwhile, snapped a 3-for-18 stretch over his last five games by going 3-for-5 with an RBI and two runs.
“We started out the game just the way we wanted to,” said K-State head coach Brad Hill. “We put a zero up in the top (of the first), which was big. Then we came out and put a two-spot up, which takes some of the pressure off (Logan Wiley) on the mound. Steve Serratore goes down (last night), and you have (Wolfe) step up (today) and get four RBIs in the three hole. It was good to see (Crandall) break out as he got three hits down in the nine hole.”
A night after going 2-for-15 with runners in scoring position, K-State had seven hits in its 16 RBI opportunities on Wednesday. Wolfe was a perfect 2-for-2 in such situations.
“It was a better approach today, no doubt,” said Hill. “We were not very pleased with last night’s performance. After they got the lead on us, we just really went flat, could not recover very well. We tried to simplify something today. You saw some more hits go through the middle and guys got on top of the baseball better. Just a better day offensively.”
K-State starting pitcher Logan Wiley picked up his first career win in his second career start after he held the Lumberjacks (9-9) to two hits and no runs over a career-long four innings. The freshman never allowed any of his five baserunners to reach past first base.
Reliever Brogan Heinen was unblemished in his three innings of work following Wiley as the freshman turned in his fourth scoreless appearance of the season. The freshman allowed a double and a walk while also hitting a batter over the fifth through seventh frames.
“Those two young guys (Wiley and Heinen) were just outstanding,” said Hill. “Logan Wiley was really good and set zeroes out there. They gave us exactly what we needed today. We were a little thin in the bullpen. We got through seven innings with those two young guys.”
The Wildcat offense came out firing with Wolfe’s two-run single in the first and two runs in the second, including one on an RBI single by Wodtke, to help them take an early 4-0 lead.
After RBI by Crandall and Brooks Zimmerman in the fourth and fifth – innings in which K-State generated five combined hits – K-State put up a two spot in the sixth on Wolfe’s second two-run hit. A leadoff single by Crandall in the sixth and a drop-in double by Wodtke preceded Wolfe’s safety.
K-State made it 9-0 in the seventh on an RBI single by Scudder, but Stephen F. Austin broke out for five runs in the eighth off Colton Kalmus. A hit batter and error put runners on first and second with one out for the Lumberjacks before three straight hits, a groundout and wild pitch produced the five runs.
The Wildcats punched back, though, with the help of three walks issued by Austin Smith in the eighth. Michael Smith, who hit a double in his first at-bat in the seventh, drove in the first run with a bases-loaded free pass. Scudder then plated pinch-runner Sam Chadick with a force out to cap the game’s scoring.
Lumberjack starting pitcher Cody Adams took the loss after he allowed six runs, five earned, on seven hits and a walk over four-plus innings.
K-State will wrap up its current 12-game homestand this weekend with a three-game series against Western Carolina. Game one of the series is on Friday at 6:35 p.m.
K-State’s 15 hits were its most in a game since March 5 vs. UAPB when it had 17 for the third game in a row. The Wildcats have registered seven double-digit hit games this year.
The multi-hit games for Wodtke and Wolfe give them a team-high eight on the season.
Josh Rolette extended his on-base streak to 10 games by going 1-for-5. It is the second-longest active streak by a Wildcat, trailing Steve Serratore’s 16-game stretch. Serratore did not play on Wednesday.
K-State improved to 7-2 at home.