Wildcats Bust Out in 8-1 Win at UC Riverside
Wildcats Bust Out in 8-1 Win at UC Riverside
2-1 (0-0 Big 12)
1-2 (0-0 Big West)
W: MaVorhis (1-0) L: Delgado (0-1) S: None
- Time of Game: 2:52
- First Pitch: 1:03
- Temperature: 72 F
- Wind: 5-10 mph, Out to RF
- Attendance: 284
RIVERSIDE, Calif. – Tyler Wolfe and Steve Serratore each had three two-out RBI while Levi MaVorhis threw seven shutout innings to lead K-State to an 8-1 win over UC Riverside on Sunday at the Riverside Sports Complex.
K-State (2-1) busted out for season-highs in runs and hits (9) in the young season, keyed by Wolfe’s bases-clearing double in the fifth that capped a four-run frame. Serratore, meanwhile, had the game’s first run-producing hit in the first, a two-out RBI double, and punched back for the Wildcats in the ninth with a two-run single after UC Riverside (1-2) scored its only run in the bottom of the eighth. The three RBI for both Wolfe and Serratore, former teammates at Des Moines Area Community College, matched their respective career-highs.
The Wildcats drove in all eight of their runs with two outs.
“It’s been kind of a struggle. We’ve had some opportunities for big hits and haven’t gotten it,” said K-State head coach Brad Hill. “Yesterday, Wolfe hit the ball on the nose four times and did not have a hit to show for it. He stayed with the same approach today, and did not try to do too much. Serratore’s hit really put the game away. They scored one (in the eighth), but we came back to score two. That’s what I like to call a ‘death blow.’ That put the game away from us.”
The offensive outburst supported MaVorhis’ first appearance since April of last season. The senior surrendered four hits, including just one after the second inning, and struck out five against one walk in the winning decision. The five strikeouts were his most since March 14, 2014 when he had eight against Northern Colorado.
Also, the victory for MaVorhis, his first since April 12, 2015 vs. TCU, was the 14th of his career – which are tied for the 11th-most in K-State history.
“Another quality start for us,” said Hill about MaVorhis as all three K-State starters so far in the series have turned in a solid outing. “He was really composed on the mound and made good pitches.”
After Serratore delivered the RBI double in the first to give K-State an early 1-0 lead, the Wildcats staged their biggest threat in the fifth. Sparked by a leadoff walk from Quintin Crandall, K-State went on to load the bases following a single by Brooks Zimmerman, his first career hit, and a free pass drawn by Josh Ethier. Clayton Dalrymple then hit into a force out at the plate, but Jake Wodtke hustled out a high-chopping infield single to score Zimmerman and keep the inning alive. Wolfe proceeded Wodtke with a deep drive to the left field warning track that emptied the bases and staked the Wildcats to a 5-0 advantage.
Wodtke struck again in the seventh with another infield RBI single that drove in Dalrymple and added to the lead. With two outs, Dalrymple ripped a 2-0 pitch into right field to reach with his second hit of the day. The senior promptly stole second on the first pitch during Wodtke’s at-bat and reached third on the play after catcher Drake Zarate’s throw sailed into center field.
The two RBI for Wodtke helped him finish the day 2-for-4 with a walk and two runs scored. It was his second straight two-hit game as he has a hit in all three games this season and is batting .500 (5-for-10).
Dalrymple scored four runs to go with his two hits and walk.
The K-State pitching staff finished with a season-high 10 strikeouts, including four by freshman Mitch Zubradt. The Shawnee, Kansas native was summoned in the eighth with the bases loaded, one out, and the game-tying run standing in the on-deck circle. Zubradt struck out the first batter he faced before surrendering an RBI single to pinch-hitter Casey Worden. The right-hander settled in, though, by fanning Matt Hardy for the final out of the frame.
“Zubradt came into a tough situation, his first ever outing, and did a great job,” added Hill.
Zubradt finished out the game with a scoreless ninth as he had the four punchouts among his five outs registered.
UC Riverside starting pitcher Richard Delgado suffered the loss after he labored through five innings. The right-hander allowed five runs, all earned, on five hits and four walks.
The Wildcats and Highlanders will finish their four-game series on Monday at 6 p.m. PT/8 p.m. CT. Redshirt junior Colton Kalmus will make his first start of the season – and second appearance of the year after closing out the 1-0 win on Friday. UC Riverside has not announced its starting pitcher.
For the fourth time in his career, Levi MaVorhis did not allow a run in his first start of a season. In 2013, he did not surrender a run in 5 1/3 innings against TCU on April 26. Two years ago, at Cal Poly, MaVorhis blanked the Mustangs in five innings, and last season, against Pitt in Port Charlotte, Florida, the right-hander led the Wildcats to a 7-0 shutout win with six strong innings.
K-State broke out for eight runs on Sunday after scoring four runs total in the first two games of the series. The Wildcats’ nine hits fell one shy of matching their combined total (10) from Friday and Saturday.
Clayton Dalrymple’s four runs scored were the most by a Wildcat since May 31, 2013 when Ross Kivett and Tanner Witt each scored four against Wichita State in the Manhattan Regional.
Tyler Wolfe’s double helped him extend his career-high on-base streak to 25 games, a stretch that goes back to April 17, 2015 vs. Texas Tech.