K-State Unable to Break Through, Falls 6-3 at UC Riverside

GAME RECAP

3

6

NR
K-STATE
WILDCATS
1-1 (0-0 Big 12)

NR
UC-RIVERSIDE
HIGHLANDERS
1-1 (0-0 Big West)

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
KST 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 3 5 0
UCR 0 0 0 2 0 1 1 2 X 6 8 0
W: Landazuri (1-0) L: Rigler (0-1) S: None
  • Time of Game: 2:46
  • First Pitch: 1:03 PM
  • Temperature: 68 F
  • Wind: Out to RF
  • Attendance: 275
RIVERSIDE, Calif. – K-State closed a three-run deficit to one with the help of five walks in the eighth inning, but UC Riverside answered with a pair of runs in the bottom half of the frame to help deal the Wildcats their first loss of the season with a 6-3 decision on Saturday at the Riverside Sports Complex.

K-State (1-1), which had four walks in the first 16 innings of the season, drew two of its five free passes in the eighth with the bases loaded and two outs as UC Riverside (1-1) turned to its bullpen for the first time. Three straight walks by Clayton Dalrymple, Tyler Wolfe and Steve Serratore loaded the bases before Tyler Moore and Jake Scudder plated a run each with their base on balls.

The Wildcats, however, allowed a pair of two-out runs in the bottom of the eighth on a fly ball single to shallow right field by Mark Contreras. K-State reliever Davis Schwab retired the first two batters he faced in the inning, but a hit by pitch and single set up the Contreras’ run-producing hit that made it 6-3.

The eighth was the third straight inning that K-State allowed a run as UC Riverside built on its 2-1 lead established in the fourth. Casey Worden’s solo homer in the sixth made it 3-1, and in the seventh, back-to-back extra-base hits off Logan Wiley extended the advantage to 4-1.

The Wildcats, who had five hits total in the game and 10 in the series, finished the afternoon 0-for-6 with runners in scoring position, stranding eight runners in the process. UC Riverside, meanwhile, was 3-for-8 with runners on second or third.

“(UC Riverside) has been doing a good job of expanding the (strike) zone on us,” said K-State head coach Brad Hill. “We are trying to hit pitches outside of the zone that we cannot hit. We’re fouling a lot of pitches off early, but then we’re behind in the count. We are just not in a good spot to hit. We have to do a better job of commanding the zone and do what we’re trying to do.”

K-State starting pitcher Parker Rigler suffered the hard-luck loss after allowing three runs, all earned, on four hits over six innings in his Wildcat debut. The left-hander surrendered a two-run single to Aaron Cisneros in the fourth and gave up the Worden home run in the sixth. He also struck out three while not walking any.

“You’ll take three runs and six innings out of your starter,” said Hill. “That’s a quality start - we’re not disappointed in that at all.”

Wildcat reliever Nick Jones limited a big seventh inning when he was summoned with a runner on third, one out and K-State trailing by three runs. The right-hander, in his K-State debut, got a groundout and strikeout to end the threat.

“Jones came in and did exactly what he had to do,” added Hill. “He gave us a chance in the game. We just could not get the big hit to put us over the top and keep momentum on our side.”

Scudder’s RBI in the eighth was one of two for the first baseman as he hit his first career home run in the second to give K-State an early 1-0 lead. The roundtripper, a shot to straightaway center field, was the first by a Wildcat in the opening weekend of a season since 2013 (Austin Fisher, vs. High Point).

Scudder was one of four different Wildcats that registered a hit. Jake Wodtke, who went 2-for-4 with his first career double, became the first Wildcat to register a multi-hit game this year.

For the second straight game, UC Riverside’s starting pitcher stymied the K-State offense as Angel Landazuri gave up just one run on four hits and two walks in seven innings of a winning decision. After a second inning in which he gave up Scudder’s home run but worked out of a jam with two runners in scoring position, the right-hander retired 14 of the last 16 batters he faced.

Jared Morton escaped the bases-loaded situation in the top of the eighth for the Highlanders as he finished out the game with two strikeouts and one hit allowed in 1 1/3 innings.

K-State and UC Riverside will meet for game three of the four-game set on Sunday at 1 p.m. PT/3 p.m. CT. Senior right-hander Levi MaVorhis will start for K-State and face the Highlanders’ Richard Delgado. 


NOTES
Tyler Wolfe’s walk in the eighth inning extended his on-base streak to 24 games – the longest by a Wildcat since 2014.

Every pitcher for K-State on Saturday made his K-State debut. Freshmen Logan Wiley and Davis Schwab joined junior college transfers Parker Rigler and Nick Jones pitching in the game. 

The seven walks drawn by K-State were its most in a game since May 17, 2015 at KU (9). Over the four games in between, from May 20, 2015 to February 19, 2016, the Wildcats had a combined 10 base on balls.