Rigler Tosses Complete Game in 9-3 Win
Rigler Tosses Complete Game in 9-3 Win
24-23 (6-10 Big 12)
22-23-1 (7-12 Big 12)
W: Rigler (4-6) L: Andritsos (4-5) S: ---
- Time of Game: 2:32
- First Pitch: 6 pm
- Temperature: 80 F
- Wind: SSE 10-15
- Attendance: 1,431
NORMAN, Okla. – Parker Rigler threw his first career complete game, allowing just one hit after the fourth inning, to lead K-State to its fourth straight win with a 9-3 victory over Oklahoma on Friday at L. Dale Mitchell Park.
The Edmond, Oklahoma native allowed a run to the Sooners (22-23-1, 7-12 Big 12) in each of the first three frames, but he settled in to retire 18 of the last 20 batters he faced in the longest outing of his K-State career. Rigler also struck out four and walked one to pick up his fourth win of the season for the Wildcats (24-23, 6-10 Big 12).
“Parker was outstanding,” said K-State head coach Brad Hill. “He was teetering back-and-forth in those first three innings, but then just settled in nicely in the fourth. Then we score (in the fourth), they didn’t; we score (in the fifth and sixth), they didn’t. You could just see Oklahoma’s body language, and Rigler kept pouring it on. That was the quickest pace he’s worked at. He had great tempo and rhythm, making great pitches.”
The complete game by Rigler was the first by a Wildcat pitcher since Nate Griep threw a shutout against Oklahoma in last year’s series opener on May 8, 2015 in Manhattan. K-State has thrown a complete game against the Sooners in each of the last three seasons as Griep also did it in 2014 in the series finale in Norman.
Coupled with the win in 2014, K-State has now beaten the Sooners in back-to-back games in Norman for the first time since 1969-71.
While Rigler controlled the pace on the mound, the K-State offense scored its most runs against the Sooners since 2010 with the help of 12 hits and home runs by Quintin Crandall and Josh Rolette. Crandall’s homer provided the game-deciding runs as he hit a two-run shot in the fourth to break open a 3-3 tie. Rolette, meanwhile, hit his fifth home run of the season in the sixth to make it 8-3.
Every Wildcat hitter reached base at least once while Tyler Wolfe led the team with three hits. Crandall and Josh Ethier also added multi-hit efforts by collecting two hits apiece.
“Good job by the offense tonight,” added Hill. “A lot of good at-bats up and down the lineup. Everybody did something positive in a lot of different ways. Probably the biggest run was the last one, the sacrifice fly (by Jake Scudder in the eighth) to tack one more on. I thought that run deflated (Oklahoma).”
The two sides traded runs in the first, with an RBI single by Tyler Moore giving K-State its first run before Oklahoma cashed in a leadoff triple by Alex Wise with a run-producing groundout by Jack Flansburg. The Wildcats went 1-2-3 in the second before Oklahoma used the benefit of one of K-State’s two errors to help bring in a run in bottom half of the inning that made it 2-1 Sooners. An errant throw by K-State second baseman Cade Bunnell on a potential double play, which sailed into the dugout, put Austin O’Brien into scoring position for an RBI single by starting pitcher Chris Andritsos.
The Wildcats did not trail for long, though, as RBI by Rolette and Scudder in the third returned the advantage back to K-State. The inning was set up by a leadoff single from Ethier followed by a walk by Clayton Dalrymple, one of his two in the game.
After Oklahoma squared it up again in the third with back-to-back two-out hits off Rigler, Bunnell drew a one-out walk to precede Crandall’s second home run of the season that made it 5-3 K-State. The homer was the first in Big 12 play for Crandall, who is batting .351 (13-for-37) with five extra-base hits in conference action.
In the fifth, a two-out fielding error by Oklahoma shortstop Sheldon Neuse prolonged the inning before K-State added a run. The Wildcats were able to load the bases against JB Olson, who spelled Andritsos in the fourth, before Ethier drew a walk to force in Bunnell.
The Wildcats used Rolette’s homer in the sixth and a sacrifice fly by Scudder in the eighth to pull away from the Sooners. The run in the eighth was set up by a leadoff single from Wolfe, who then moved to second on a passed ball and to third on a groundout to second base by Rolette.
Andritsos took the loss, his fifth of the year, after being responsible for five runs on six hits and two walks over 3 1/3 innings.
K-State and Oklahoma will meet in game two of the series on Saturday at 3 p.m. Right-hander Levi MaVorhis will get the start on the mound for K-State and face Oklahoma’s Jake Irvin.
K-State has won eight of its last nine games and 11 of its last 15.
The Wildcats are 7-2 in their last nine road games and have held their opponent to three runs or less in seven of those nine contests. K-State is 9-8 on the road this season.
The last time K-State had nine or more wins in true road games was in 2013 (13-10).
The last time K-State scored nine or more runs against the Sooners was on May 2, 2010 when it lost 15-11 in Norman. The day before, the Wildcats topped Oklahoma, 14-9.
The Wildcats have won the series opener against Oklahoma in three of the last four years.