MaVorhis, 18 Hits Lead K-State to 12-2 Win
MaVorhis, 18 Hits Lead K-State to 12-2 Win
20-30-1 (6-13 Big 12)
25-26 (7-13 Big 12)
W: MaVorhis (6-4) L: Goddard (2-6) S: ---
- Time of Game: 3:06
- First Pitch: 6:36 pm
- Temperature: 61 F
- Wind: N 5-10
- Attendance: 2,331
MANHATTAN, Kan. – Levi MaVorhis threw eight innings of two-run baseball to match his longest outing of the season and K-State’s offense scored its most runs against KU since 2011 as the Wildcats evened the series against the Jayhawks with a 12-2 win on Saturday at Tointon Family Stadium.
MaVorhis, in his final career start at home, scattered six hits and two runs over the eight innings to earn his team-best sixth win of the season for the Wildcats (25-26, 7-13 Big 12). The senior also struck out five, giving him a team-high 68 punchouts this season, while he did not issue a walk for the sixth time in a start this year.
The victory by MaVorhis was his third in as many career starts against KU (20-30-1, 6-13 Big 12). The right-hander also has a 1.21 career ERA (3er, 22.1ip) against the Jayhawks.
While MaVorhis limited KU on the mound, the Wildcats used 18 hits – their most in a Big 12 game since April 2015 – to score the dozen runs. Jake Scudder had a team-high four hits and drove in three runs while seniors Tyler Wolfe and Clayton Dalrymple had three and two hits, respectively. Dalrymple used one of his hits, a bases-clearing triple in a five-run seventh, to help him match his season-high in RBI (3).
“(It was) good to break out the bats, but it all starts on the mound,” said K-State head coach Brad Hill. “Just a great outing for Levi. Happy for him and proud of him. Sometimes on ‘Senior Day,’ you try to do too much, and he did exactly what we needed. He held (KU) down today, and offensively, we came to life finally.”
The Wildcats had seven extra-base hits among their 18 safeties, including two doubles by Scudder and triples by Dalrymple and Brooks Zimmerman. Josh Rolette had the team’s only home run, a two-run shot in the first that gave the Wildcats a lead they never relinquished.
The homer for Rolette was his sixth of the year, matching Scudder for the team lead. Five of the freshman’s home runs have been in Big 12 play.
Rolette’s home run answered the roundtripper by KU’s Devin Foyle, who had three of the Jayhawks’ seven hits, in the top of the first. The left fielder hit the first pitch he saw from MaVorhis over the wall in left field to make it 1-0 KU.
With the lead in favor of the Wildcats after the first, though, MaVorhis settled in as he retired eight straight until a one-out single in the fourth. The single, by Foyle, was eventually cashed in on a run-producing single by Joven Afenir that cut the Wildcats’ lead to 3-2.
K-State wasted little time in responding, however, when Zimmerman used his first career triple to open the bottom of the fourth and put himself in scoring position for fellow freshman Michael Smith. Smith, who had an RBI single in the second that made it 3-1 K-State, drove in his second run of the game with a groundout to reestablish a two-run game at 4-2.
In the sixth, a two-out, two-run single by Scudder staked the Wildcats to a 6-2 advantage. The inning was set up by a one-out single from Dalrymple followed by a walk from Wolfe.
The Wildcats sent 10 batters to the plate in the crooked seventh, but they did all of their damage with two outs. A Moore single, Quintin Crandall infield single and Zimmerman hit by pitch loaded the bases, but after a strikeout by Smith, the Wildcats were forced to produce runs with two outs. On a 2-2 pitch thrown by the fourth KU pitcher of the night Hayden Edwards, Dalrymple laced his third triple of the season down the third-base line to drive in three runs. Wolfe then followed up with an RBI infield single deep into the hole at shortstop while Scudder later added an RBI double to make it 11-2.
Senior Danny Krause made it a dozen runs for the Wildcats when he followed up a leadoff double by Josh Ethier with a double of his own. The double for Krause was his fourth of the year.
KU starting pitcher Jackson Goddard did not make it out of the second inning as he suffered his sixth loss of the season. The right-hander was responsible for three runs, two earned, on five hits over 1 1/3 innings.
Logan Wiley threw the ninth for K-State, allowing a hit and walk before striking out Owen Taylor looking to end the game.
K-State and KU will meet in the rubber match of the Sunflower Showdown on Sunday at 1:05 p.m. Senior Corey Fischer will get the start for K-State on the mound and oppose KU left-hander Blake Weiman.
The win snapped K-State’s three-game losing streak.
The 18 hits for the Wildcats were their second-most in a game this season (20 vs. Oral Roberts on March 30 in an 11-inning game).
The 12 runs, meanwhile, were K-State’s most since April 16 at West Virginia (15-2).
With MaVorhis’ five strikeouts and Wiley’s one, the Wildcats moved into a tie for sixth in program history for most strikeouts in a season with 408.
Jake Scudder, who has a 14-game hitting streak in Big 12 games, leads the Wildcats with a .395 batting average (30-for-76) in conference play. He has also reached base safely in all 20 conference contests.