Cats Drop Suspended Series Opener at Baylor

WACO, Texas - K-State surrendered four two-out runs in Friday's suspended game, leading to a 4-1 defeat at the hands of Baylor in the series opener.


All five runs in the game were scored with two outs, as Steve Serratore had an RBI double in the sixth that cut the Baylor lead to 3-1, but the Bears used two runs in the fourth and one in the fifth to build an insurmountable lead. Baylor's Matt Menard struck first with a two-out, two-run triple in the fourth off K-State starting pitcher Colton Kalmus before an RBI single in the fifth by Adam Toth off K-State reliever Jordan Floyd made it 3-0.

The Wildcats, who took until the fifth inning to register their first hit off Baylor starting pitcher Drew Tolson, seemed to gather momentum after the first four innings. K-State registered all six of its hits from the fifth through seventh innings, including back-to-back singles by Alex Bee and Sam Chadick to start the seventh.

Despite the Wildcats staging a threat in the seventh, lightning and looming rain forced officials to stop the game with no outs in the seventh. Once play resumed on Saturday afternoon, the Wildcats managed to load the bases after Carter Yagi was hit by pitch after a failed sacrifice bunt attempt by Clayton Dalrymple resulted in a fielder's choice. The Wildcats were unable to chip away at the two-run disadvantage, though, as Tyler Wolfe and Shane Conlon were struck out to end the inning by Sean Spicer, who started the resumed game out of the bullpen.

Following Baylor's seventh-inning escape, the Bears plated a run in the bottom half of the frame when Toth struck again for another two-out RBI single off Lucas Benenati. Benenati, who relieved Floyd to start the seventh, got the first two batters out of the inning with a fly out and strikeout, but a single up the middle under the glove of Wolfe prolonged the inning. The single, hit by Logan Brown, was the first of three consecutive hits allowed by Benenati in the inning.

K-State starting pitcher Colton Kalmus took the loss, his third of the season, after allowing three earned runs on five hits and two walks in 4 1/3 innings.

Spicer went on to throw three no-hit scoreless innings for Baylor to earn his team-best fifth save of the season. The right-hander allowed only one hitter to reach, which was Yagi's hit by pitch in the seventh.

Tolson started the seventh inning on Friday night, surrendering the back-to-back singles to start the frame, but still went on to earn the win, his third of the season. The right-hander scattered six hits and two walks in six-plus innings while striking out one.

Bee and Chadick combined for four of K-State's six hits as both Wildcats went 2-for-4. It was Chadick's first career multi-hit game while it was Bee's second consecutive two-hit game.