K-State Takes Fourth Straight with 3-2 Win at Iowa




20-22 (5-10 Big 12)

19-20 (7-8 Big Ten)

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
KST 1 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 3 11 1
IOWA 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 2 8 2
W: Rigler (3-6) L: Eldred (2-6) S: Benenati (3)
  • Time of Game: 3:07
  • First Pitch: 6:04 pm
  • Temperature: 51 F, Cloudy
  • Wind: NE 5
  • Attendance: 644

IOWA CITY, Iowa – Parker Rigler struck out seven in a quality start, Lucas Benenati got the final two outs for his third save of the season, and K-State captured its fourth straight win with a 3-2 victory over Iowa on Friday at Duane Banks Field.

The Wildcats (20-22) extended their winning streak over the Hawkeyes (19-20) to seven games with the help of Rigler turning in his longest outing since March 12 and falling one shy of his career-high in strikeouts. The left-hander, earning his third win of the year, notched his fourth quality start as his lone blemish was a sixth-inning home run.

“Good pitching tonight,” said K-State head coach Brad Hill. “Rigler pitched himself into the sixth inning and made just one mistake. He came back, though, and refocused after giving up the home run, which is what I was proud of. It has been a struggle for him when something like that happens and all of sudden he loses his command. Tonight, he was able to get refocused and finish off the sixth.”

K-State mixed and matched its way through the Iowa lineup over the last three frames, with Benenati getting the final two outs in the ninth and stranding the potential game-tying run at second. The right-hander was brought in after Jordan Floyd, who worked the Wildcats out of a jam in the eighth, struck out the first batter he faced in the ninth and then yielded a one-out single. Benenati caught pinch-hitter Grant Klenovich looking for the second out before a fly out by Tyler Peyton, who had four hits in the game, ended it all.

“Huge pitch by Benenati (against Peyton), a guy who was 4-for-4 on the night,” added Hill. “He stuck it right where he needed to stick it to get the game-ending out.”

The win, which was K-State’s seventh over the last 10 games, was the Wildcats’ third one-run victory this year.

Offensively, K-State produced double-digit hits for the sixth straight game, with Josh Rolette leading the way with three. The freshman delivered an RBI single in the fifth that provided the Wildcats’ with a 2-0 advantage.

The Wildcats struck first when one of Iowa’s two errors in the game allowed Jake Wodtke to score in the first. After Wodtke and Rolette had back-to-back singles, Jake Scudder hit a groundball to Peyton at first base. Peyton attempted to start an inning-ending double play by throwing to second to force out Rolette, but on the return throw to first base, pitcher C.J. Eldred dropped the ball which led to Wodtke scoring from third.

Defensively, K-State turned a pair of inning-ending double plays that helped Rigler get out of the second and fifth inning. In the fifth, Rigler had runners on first and second with one out, but he induced a groundball by Nick Roscetti that Wodtke, Tyler Wolfe and Scudder turned for a double play.

Rigler faced runners in scoring position in four of his six frames, but he worked out of every jam as Iowa finished 0-for-12 with runners in scoring position. The lone run against Rigler was the solo homer by Daniel Aaron Moriel in the sixth that made it 2-1 K-State.

The Wildcats answered the run in the seventh when Tyler Moore dropped down a bunt single, preceding a two-out, RBI double by Steve Serratore off Nick Allgeyer. The double was K-State’s lone extra-base hit.

Allgeyer worked around the two hits in the seventh and went on to finish out the game for the Hawkeyes, striking out five and walking none in his three innings pitched.

While Allgeyer kept K-State at bay, the Hawkeyes cut the Wildcat lead to 3-2 in the eighth. A leadoff triple by Peyton, one of his three extra-base hits, was cashed in on a groundball by Moriel off Nick Jones. The K-State right-hander was summoned in relief of Brandon Erickson after the senior allowed the triple to Peyton and issued a walk to Roscetti. Erickson had worked a 1-2-3 seventh.

Eldred took the loss as he scattered eight hits and two runs, one earned, over six innings.

K-State and Iowa will meet for game two of the series on Saturday. First pitch is scheduled for 2 p.m.

In addition to beating Iowa in seven straight games, K-State has captured three in a row on the road in the series.

K-State is batting .330 (107-for-324) with 31 extra-base hits over the last nine games.

Tyler Moore reached base twice to help extend his on-base streak to a personal-best 21 games. It is the second longest streak by a Wildcat this year.

Josh Rolette has a hit in 15 straight non-conference games while he has also reached base safely in 20 such consecutive contests.

K-State is 15-4 when it scores first and 10-5 when it plates a run in the first inning.