K-State Shut Out by No. 5 Oregon State, 14-0
K-State Shut Out by No. 5 Oregon State, 14-0
2-4 (0-0 Big 12)
5-1 (0-0 Pac-12)
W: Thompson (1-1) L: Rigler (0-2) S: None
- Time of Game: 3:20
- First Pitch: 12:59 PM
- Temperature: 76 F
- Wind: Light
- Attendance: 2,643
SURPRISE, Ariz. – No. 5 Oregon State broke out for multiple runs in four different innings as K-State was shut out by the Beavers, 14-0, on Friday at Surprise Stadium.
The Wildcats (2-4) dropped their second contest to the Beavers (5-1) in as many days after allowing season-highs in hits (17) and runs. Oregon State scored all but two of its runs over the final four innings, including four in a pivotal fifth that expanded a narrow lead to a six-run margin.
The Beavers also produced 10 two-out RBI as they finished with 17 among its 21 runs in the two games against K-State.
After K-State reliever Logan Wiley effectively spelled starter Parker Rigler early in the game, the Wildcats were in a tight spot in the fifth trailing 2-0. Oregon State had runners on the corners with one out when Nick Jones was summoned from the bullpen. The right-hander induced a groundout to the first batter he faced, Michael Gretler, but second baseman Jake Wodtke briefly bobbled the ball before getting the force out at second and allowing a run to score. The Beavers went on to get three straight hits, including a pair with two strikes, to score three more and make it a four-run inning.
“That was big right there,” said K-State head coach Brad Hill about not converting the potential double play in the fifth. “At the same time, those things are going to happen. We just cannot let the three more runs happen after that. That was the big thing. In the pitcher’s mind, you cannot take yourself (mentally) out of the inning because you’re not out of it. You need to come back and get a groundball, pop-up, something. But we ended up leaving pitches up and over the plate, and Oregon State took advantage of it.”
Oregon State later scored five in the seventh and three in the eighth to deal K-State its largest shutout loss since 2002.
“It was a learning process,” said Hill. “In baseball, things are not going to happen like you want them. Then it becomes a matter of how are you going to recover from it quickly.”
The Beavers were led by three hits each from KJ Harrison, Cadyn Grenier and Kyle Nobach. Grenier also had four RBI while Harrison added two.
The K-State offense had its opportunities to strike against Oregon State early in the game when it trailed by two runs. The Wildcats, however, stranded seven runners through the first five frames, including five in scoring position. For the day, K-State was 0-for-9 with runners in scoring position – and 2-for-17 with runners on base – while stranding 11.
Oregon State starting pitcher Jake Thompson worked 6 2/3 innings to pick up his first win of the season. The junior struck out seven and walked two while giving up just five hits.
“(Thompson) did a great job of hammering the breaking ball down,” said Hill. “He would get into a two-strike count and throw the breaking ball out of the zone. We were not disciplined about it. We could not get that two-out RBI either. We had the opportunity three of four times, which would have allowed us to press back and get momentum back on our side.”
Jake Scudder and Jake Wodtke led K-State with two hits apiece. For Scudder, it was his third straight multi-hit effort, placing him in a tie with Wodtke for the team lead in multi-hit games this season (3).
Rigler lasted only 1 1/3 innings and finished with two runs against on two hits and three walks in the losing decision. The left-hander escaped a bases-loaded jam unscathed in the bottom of the first, but after a single, hit by pitch and walk among the first four batters in the second, he was lifted from the game.
Wiley spelled Rigler and allowed just one of the two inherited baserunners to score. The right-hander went on throw three innings and strike out three. He retired six in a row at one point, starting with two strikeouts to end the third that stranded two runners on base.
Oregon State had a total of 13 runners left on.
The Wildcats will now face Utah for two games in the Big 12/Pac-12 Challenge in Surprise. K-State is set to send Levi MaVorhis to the mound in the first contest against the Utes on Saturday at 5 p.m. Utah will start right-hander Dalton Carroll.
K-State has lost five straight to Oregon State.
Friday’s 14 runs were the most allowed by K-State since May 11, 2014 when the Wildcats lost to No. 7 Oklahoma State 17-5.
Friday was also the first time K-State was shut out since April 28, 2015 at Minnesota (5-0).
Scudder is 6-for-11 (.545) over his last three games, helping him hit .368 on the season.
Tyler Wolfe did not reach base in his five plate appearances, snapping his on-base streak at a career-high 27 games.