Rigler Fans Career-High 8, Hill Gets 900th Career Win
Rilger Fans Career-High 8, Hill Gets 900th Career Win
4-10 (0-0 Horizon)
9-5 (0-0 Big 12)
W: Rigler (2-2) L: Peters (1-2) S: Benenati (1)
- Time of Game: 2:21
- First Pitch: 2:05 pm
- Temperature: 57 F
- Wind: 5-10 SE
- Attendance: 2,095
MANHATTAN, Kan. – Parker Rigler carried a no-hitter into the sixth while striking out a career-high eight to lead K-State to a 3-1 win over Milwaukee on Saturday at Tointon Family Stadium.
In his fourth career start for the Wildcats (9-5), Rigler did not surrender a hit until the 20th batter he faced – a one-out single in the sixth – and threw a career-high 6 1/3 innings for his third quality start. The junior finished allowing a season-low one run on two hits and three walks. His eight strikeouts, meanwhile, tied for the most by a K-State pitcher this year.
“It was a great pitching effort - credit goes to Parker, he gave us a great start on the mound,” said K-State head coach Brad Hill. “That’s what we needed after yesterday (Milwaukee) scoring 14 runs. He came out and commanded the (strike) zone well. He did a good job of getting the ball back down in the zone, working both sides of the plate.”
K-State relievers Jacob Ruder and Lucas Benenati combined to throw 2 2/3 no-hit innings to follow up Rigler. The freshman Ruder spelled Rigler in the seventh and retired all five batters he faced. Benenati turned in a 1-2-3 ninth inning to register his first career save.
The win was also Hill’s 900th in his 25-year head coaching career, with 399 of those victories coming at K-State.
Brooks Zimmerman hit his first career home run, a line-drive solo shot to left field in the fifth, to help him produce his second multi-hit effort over the last three games. The freshman notched both of his hits in two-strike counts, including a single in the seventh, as he finished 2-for-3.
Zimmerman’s home run answered Milwaukee’s (4-10) lone run, scored without the benefit of a hit in the fifth. Nick Unes drew a leadoff walk issued by Rigler, snapping a stretch of nine straight retired by the K-State left-hander. Unes advanced to second on a wild pitch and then to third on balk before scoring on a one-out groundout that cut K-State’s lead in half, 2-1.
The Wildcats scored the game’s first runs with the benefit of two Milwaukee errors in the third. With Jake Wodtke on first and two outs, Steve Serratore hit a deep fly ball to the warning track in right field. Panther right fielder Dylan Detert camped underneath it for the final out of the inning but dropped it to allow Wodtke to score and Serratore reach second. Serratore, though, worked his way to third on the play after Milwaukee second baseman Billy Quirke could not handle the throw in. Jake Scudder then punched a 3-2 pitch to left field to score Serratore and make it 2-0.
Scudder’s two-out RBI was his team-leading ninth of the year. He is also hitting .429 (9-for-21) with two outs.
K-State had nine hits off the Milwaukee pitching staff, a day after recording a season-low five. Freshman Josh Rolette turned in his second straight two-hit game by going 2-for-4.
Milwaukee starting pitcher Jay Peters suffered the hard-luck loss after allowing three runs, one earned, on seven hits and one walk over 6 1/3 innings.
K-State and Milwaukee will meet in the rubber match on Sunday at 1:05 p.m. Levi MaVorhis will get the start on the mound for the Wildcats and face Panthers’ right-hander Adam Reuss.
Clayton Dalrymple reached base safely in the third with a walk, extending his active on-base streak to a career-high 21 games. His on-base streak for the current season, 14 games, is tied with Steve Serratore for longest by a Wildcat.
Brad Hill has amassed his 900 career wins by totaling 83 at Hutchinson CC (1988-90), 418 at Central Missouri State (1995-2003) and 399 at K-State (2004-current). With one more win, he would become only the second Wildcat coach in program history with 400 (Mike Clark, 435).
K-State pitchers have 113 strikeouts this season – and 21 in first two games of the Milwaukee series. Last year, the Wildcat pitching staff had 95 through the first 14 games of the year.
All four of Rolette’s multi-hit efforts have been recorded over his last six games. Over that stretch, he is batting .450 (9-for-20) with three RBI and four walks.
K-State’s eight home runs this year already match its total from all of last year. Zimmerman is the sixth different Wildcat to hit a homer.