K-State Moves to 2-1 on the Season

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. - The K-State baseball team found itself on both ends of a shutout on Saturday as the Wildcats blanked Pitt, 7-0, in their first game of the day, while in the afternoon, they were shut out by George Mason, 5-0. 


Over the two games, five of the six K-State pitchers who logged time on the mound held opponents scoreless, led by game one starter Levi MaVorhis and game two reliever Colton Kalmus. Both right-handers turned in six unblemished innings. 

The Wildcats, who won the first two games of a season for the first time since 2011, will close out their opening weekend in Florida on Sunday against Saint Louis. First pitch against the Billikens is set for 11 am ET/10 am CT at North Charlotte Regional Park. Junior pitcher Corey Fischer will make his K-State debut as he will start and face Saint Louis' freshman right-hander Connor Lehmann. 

For a recap of the Pitt game, click here.


Wildcats Unable to Answer George Mason's Five Early Runs
George Mason scored five runs over the first two innings while the K-State offense only put three runners into scoring position as the Wildcats suffered their first loss of 2015.

The Patriots jumped on K-State starting pitcher Mark Biesma, who was making his first career start in a Wildcat uniform. The senior transfer from Washburn allowed a two-out double in the first to plate two of the three first-inning runs. In the second, back-to-back doubles chased Biesma from the game.

"Biesma got to two strikes, but he just couldn't put guys away," said Hill. "There were four or five two-strike hits that really hurt him. He couldn't command the two-strike situation."

Colton Kalmus relieved Biesma in the second and surrendered a sacrifice fly to the first batter he faced, allowing the fifth and final run of the game to score, but the redshirt sophomore went on to retire seven more in a row. He finished the day by scattering a pair of hits and striking out a career-high six in his six innings of work.

Freshman Bryce Ward threw three shutout innings in his collegiate debut while he also struck out three. The first two of his strikeouts occurred in the eighth when he allowed a single and double to move runners to second and third. The right-hander settled in and fanned back-to-back hitters to escape the frame unscathed.

"Kalmus and Ward were outstanding," said Hill. "When you get down 5-0, you can't draw it up any better to have seven zeros go up on the (scoreboard)."

Steve Serratore had two of K-State's four hits in the game, with his first, a single in the fourth, helping him eventually reach third base. The Wildcats, however, could not bring Serratore home as they were not able to put runners into scoring position again until the eighth inning. K-State managed to load the bases with one out in the eighth, but George Mason reliever Evan Porcella neutralized the Wildcat threat.

"The biggest disappointment was we couldn't press them at all offensively," added Hill. "We had a couple opportunities, but we couldn't get it done."

George Mason starting pitcher John Williams picked up the win after he tossed seven shutout innings. The right-hander also struck out six and did not issue any walks.


NOTES
The shutout for K-State against Pitt was its earliest in a season since 2007 when the Wildcats shut out Penn State (5-0) in the season opener.

The Wildcats had six shutouts in 2014, their most in a season since 1991. MaVorhis helped add to that total when he threw two shutouts on his own.

The meeting between K-State and Pitt was the first ever between the two programs. The loss to George Mason evened the all-time series between the Wildcats and Patriots.