K-State Stifled by Krauth in 4-1 Loss
K-State Stifled by Krauth in 4-1 Loss
20-29-1 (6-12 Big 12)
24-26 (6-13 Big 12)
W: Krauth (5-5) L: Rigler (4-7) S: Villines (5)
- Time of Game: 2:54
- First Pitch: 6:34 pm
- Temperature: 64 F
- Wind: N 20-25
- Attendance: 2,331
MANHATTAN, Kan. – After scoring a run and loading the bases in the first, K-State was quieted by KU starting pitcher Ben Krauth in the series opener on Friday as the Wildcats lost to the Jayhawks, 4-1, at Tointon Family Stadium.
The Wildcats (24-26, 6-13 Big 12) had four of their first five batters reach base safely in the first, but after the Jayhawks (20-29-1, 6-12 Big 12) threw out Josh Rolette at home to end the inning, Krauth settled in and retired 20 of the last 26 batters he faced, including 13 straight from the second through the sixth.
“We had a shot in the first,” said K-State head coach Brad Hill. “That was our shot, and we just couldn’t get that big hit. Throwing the guy out at home was a huge momentum swing. We needed to get a base hit there and get three runs (total in the inning). That would have helped us out a whole bunch because once (Krauth) settled in, that was all she wrote.”
While Krauth earned his fifth win of the season, the loss for K-State snapped its four-game winning streak at home.
Tyler Moore drove in the lone K-State run in the first with a single that plated Clayton Dalrymple, who started the frame with one of the three walks issued by Krauth. Moore’s single also loaded the bases, but Quintin Crandall flew out to right for the second out. On the play, KU’s Joe Moroney threw out Rolette who was trying to score on the sacrifice fly attempt.
With Krauth working in the bottom of the frames, KU was able to score the necessary runs off K-State starting pitcher Parker Rigler. The junior, coming off his first career complete game last weekend at Oklahoma, allowed a one-out, RBI single in the second to Ryan Pidhaichuk and then a one-out, run-producing single to Michael Tinsley in the fifth. Both run-scoring innings were set up after Rigler allowed the leadoff batter to reach base safely.
Rigler, who suffered his seventh loss of the season, saw the leadoff batter reach in four of his five innings pitched as he scattered six hits, two walks and two hit batters. The left-hander also struck out six to give him a team-high 67 this season.
The Jayhawks pulled away with two runs in the seventh off Mitch Zubradt and Jordan Floyd. Zubradt, who worked a perfect sixth inning, surrendered a leadoff infield single and one-out double in the seventh before issuing an intentional walk to Tinsley to load the bases. After the free pass, Floyd was summoned to face Owen Taylor, who drove the first pitch he saw to center for a sacrifice fly that made it 3-1. The next batter, Joven Afenir, hit an RBI single to left to stake the Jayhawks to their three-run lead.
The Wildcats had runners in scoring position in the sixth and ninth but came empty both times. In the sixth, Rolette and Scudder put runners on the corners with two-out singles before Moore hit into an inning-ending forceout.
Rolette opened the ninth with his third single off Krauth to help set up what eventually was a bases-loaded situation. Krauth struck out Scudder for the inning’s first out before KU called upon Stephen Villines to close out the game. The right-hander, who picked up his fifth save of the season, yielded a single to Moore and issued a walk to Crandall to occupy the bases, but back-to-back strikeouts by Cade Bunnell and pinch-hitter Danny Krause ended the final threat by the Wildcats.
“A base hit there, and all of sudden that game gets a little tight and a little more interesting,” said Hill. “We only had three opportunities to score (after the first inning, though).”
Rolette and Moore combined for five of K-State’s seven hits in the game. KU, meanwhile, totaled 11, led by three from Moroney.
Game two of the series is set for Saturday at 6:35 p.m. Senior Levi MaVorhis will get the start on the mound for the Wildcats on Senior Day and face KU freshman Jackson Goddard.
Friday’s loss snapped a stretch of nine straight wins for K-State in series openers against KU. The last time the Wildcats dropped the first game of a series to the Jayhawks was on April 21, 2006 in Lawrence (8-5).
K-State is 5-7 in weekend series openers this season.
K-State struck out 12 in the game, giving it 402 this season – which are tied for the seventh most in school history and most for the Wildcats since 2012 (423).
Colton Kalmus had four strikeouts in his two scoreless innings pitched. The right-hander has a strikeout in 12 straight appearances, totaling 20 over the 20-inning stretch.
Jake Scudder extended his conference hitting streak and on-base streak to 13 and 19 games, respectively, after going 1-for-3 with a walk.