Hill Earns 800th Career Win in 5-3 Win at Baylor

WACO, Texas -- The K-State baseball team bounced back from a 4-1 loss in a suspended first game of the series at Baylor by beating the Bears, 5-3, to even the set on Saturday at Baylor Ballpark. The win was K-State head coach Brad Hill's 800th career win at the Division I and II levels.


With Friday's suspended game resuming on Saturday, the Wildcats (19-22, 6-11 Big 12) were held without a hit in the final three innings of game one before breaking out for 15 in game two, which was their most hits in a road game all season.

The win for the Wildcats was their first in the middle game of a Big 12 series all season. K-State will look to win its second conference series of the year when it takes on Baylor (17-25, 6-11 Big 12) in the rubber match on Sunday at 2 p.m.


Game Two Recap
Tallying 15 hits, its most in a road game this season, K-State evened the series at Baylor with a 5-3 win in the middle game of the series.

Five different Wildcats helped K-State register its most hits in a road game since May 6, 2014 at Wichita State, led by three apiece from Shane Conlon and Tyler Wolfe. Alex Bee, Sam Chadick and Tyler Moore also had multi-hit efforts with hits each.

"The ball started to get back to the middle of the field and the other side of the field," said K-State head coach Brad Hill about the breakout in hits. "That's what we have been asking the guys to do, and so many guys have been out front and trying to pull. It just hasn't created a lot of success. Today, it was more of an approach thing where guys adjusted."

Of the 15 hits, the game-deciding one was provided by Danny Krause, who dropped in a two-out RBI single into left field in the eighth inning to break up a tie game and make it 4-3 K-State. The hit by Krause snapped a 0-for-19 stretch, which included going hitless in his first three at-bats of the game.

K-State reliever Corey Fischer earned his first win since April 2 vs. West Virginia by throwing 3 1/3 shutout innings and allowing just one hit. The right-hander spelled starting pitcher Nate Griep in the sixth, inheriting a runner on first and second with two outs, but beginning with the final out in the sixth, he went on to retire seven straight Bears. Fischer now has a 0.68 ERA in eight relief appearances.

"(Fischer) was big," said Hill. "Nate kept us in it -- he gave us an opportunity, but we had to have one more guy, obviously, with Nate coming out in a tie game. Fischer was outstanding. It is nice to have a guy like that come out of the bullpen, go three innings and put a stop up there."

Griep did not factor into the decision after he surrendered three runs, two earned, on seven hits and one walk in 5 2/3 innings. Making a start in back-to-back weekends for the first time since mid-March, Griep allowed the game-tying run in the third and two runs in the sixth. In the third, Griep surrendered a single to Logan Brown, who came around to score after Griep made two throwing errors on pickoff attempts at first and second and then threw a wild pitch to allow Brown to score from third. In the sixth, after he retired seven consecutive Bears, Griep allowed three hits among the five batters he faced. Adam Toth hit an RBI triple to cut the Wildcats' lead to one before two batters later, Duncan Wendel, hit a two-out RBI single to score Toth and even the game at 3-3.

The Wildcats plated at least one run off each of the four Baylor pitchers used in the game. The Wildcats scored the game's first run in the third on a run-producing fielder's choice hit by Shane Conlon off starter Nick Lewis. K-State added another run off Lewis in the fourth with a two-out double by Moore that drove in Steve Serratore to make it 2-1 K-State.

In the sixth, Bee recorded the first of his two hits with a single to precede Moore's second double that put runners at second and third for Sam Chadick against Troy Montemayor. The freshman Chadick promptly hit a sacrifice fly to shallow right field to record his third RBI in the last three games and make it 3-1 Wildcats.

The Wildcats were able to add an insurance run in the ninth when Conlon and Max Brown opened the frame with a single and double, respectively. Two batters later, Bee hit a single up the middle that plated Conlon and brought the score to 5-3 K-State. Brown also attempted to score on Bee's hit, but the senior was thrown out at home on an assist by Baylor's Brown in centerfield.

Joe Kirkland, who allowed Krause's single in the eighth, took the loss. The senior finished the game with four hits and one run allowed in two innings pitched.


NEXT UP
K-State will enter the finale of a Big 12 series for the fifth time this season with a chance to win the set. The Wildcats and Bears will meet in the rubber match on Sunday at 2 p.m. Brandon Erickson will get his first career start for the Wildcats and face Baylor left-hander Daniel Castano.


NOTES
Brad Hill became the 29th active coach at a four-year college to reach 800 wins in a career. Hill reached the milestone win by registering 418 in nine years at Central Missouri State and now 382 in 12 years at K-State.

The 15 hits by K-State in game two of the series are its most in a Big 12 road game since March 29, 2013 at Baylor. The Wildcats had 16 hits in that game against the Bears but lost 10-8 in 13 innings.

By reaching base safely in both games, Max Brown extended his on-base streak to a career-high 15 games. It is tied with Steve Serratore for the second-longest on-base streak by a Wildcat this season. Serratore reached base safely in 15 straight games from February 13-March 10.