K-State's Winning Streak Snapped in 14-1 Loss




4-9 (0-0 Horizon)

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UWM 4 4 0 1 0 0 0 5 0 14 14 0
KST 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 5 1
W: Keller (1-3) L: Fischer (1-1) S: --
  • Time of Game: 2:49
  • First Pitch: 3:04 pm
  • Temperature: 73 F
  • Wind: SE 5-10
  • Attendance: 2,005

MANHATTAN, Kan. – K-State allowed four runs in the first and a grand slam in the second to lead to a 14-1 loss to Milwaukee on Friday at Tointon Family Stadium and snap its six-game winning streak.

The Wildcats (8-5) dropped the series opener to the Panthers (4-9) and their first home game of the year after their offense had five hits total and only two after the first inning. Milwaukee starting pitcher Brian Keller threw a complete game to earn his first win of the year.

“Our focus today was not very good, especially when got down 8-1,” said K-State head coach Brad Hill. “It was disappointing about our competitiveness, our lack of composure and maturity from an offensive standpoint.”

Milwaukee jumped on K-State starting pitcher Corey Fischer in the first. The right-hander suffered his first loss of the year after he allowed a leadoff walk, one-out RBI triple and single, another walk and two-run single to the six batters he faced in his shortest career start.

Colton Kalmus spelled Fischer in the first, ending the inning without any further damage. In the second, though, the redshirt junior faced a bases-loaded situation with two outs and the Wildcats trailing 4-1. On a 3-2 pitch, Nick Unes pulled a grand slam off Kalmus to make it a seven-run lead for the Panthers.

“The grand slam was the big one,” said Hill. “When you’re at 4-1, you feel like you are still in the game, particularly from an offensive standpoint and the way we have been swinging the bats.”

K-State, which had averaged more than 13 runs over its previous six games, scored its fewest runs in a game since its last loss on February 26 against Oregon State. The lone Wildcat run came in the first when Rolette punched a two-out single through the left side to score Clayton Dalrymple. Steve Serratore, however, was thrown out at home on the play as he attempted to score from second base.

Between the second and fifth innings, 11 straight Wildcats were retired before Michael Smith hit his first career triple off the left field wall in the fifth to break up the stretch. Smith’s second extra-base hit of the season, along with Rolette’s single through the right side in the seventh, were the only two K-State hits after the first.

“When we got down 8-1, our at-bats were not very good,” said Hill. “We never pressed them at all offensively to get some momentum back on our side.”

Milwaukee added five runs off K-State reliever Garett Spencer in the eighth. Two-run doubles by pinch-hitter Jeremy Wright and Cole Heili drove in the first four runs before Dan Barwick capped it with an RBI single off Nick Jones.

Wildcats’ Brogan Heinen, Brandon Erickson and Cory Wright each turned in a scoreless inning of relief. For Erickson, who pitched in the seventh, it was his third straight appearance without allowing, and for Heinen, the quiet sixth stretched his scoreless inning streak to four innings to start his K-State career.

The Wildcats will to look even the series on Saturday when it sends starting pitcher Parker Rigler to the mound for his fourth start of the year. Milwaukee will start right-hander Jay Peters in the 2:05 p.m. game.

The loss was K-State’s first ever to Milwaukee. The Wildcats had entered the game winning the first five games of the all-time series. 

Kalmus struck out seven over his 4 2/3 innings to fall one short of his career-high in punchouts – a mark he set earlier this season on February 22 at UC Riverside. Kalmus has a team-best 21 strikeouts in 17 2/3 innings this year.

In addition to snapping its overall six-game winning streak, Friday’s loss broke K-State’s six-game winning streak against non-conference opponents at home.

Clayton Dalrymple extended his hitting streak to a team-high nine games with a leadoff single in the first.