Wildcats Fall in One-Run Fashion for Second Night in a Row




26-28 (8-15 Big 12)

37-14 (14-9 Big 12)

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
KST 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 10 0
TCU 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 X 2 5 1
W: Guillory (3-2) L: MaVorhis (6-5) S: Feltman (6)
  • Time of Game: 2:25
  • First Pitch: 6:36 pm
  • Temperature: 81 F
  • Wind: NE 5-10
  • Attendance: 4,178

FORT WORTH, Texas – Despite a complete game by Levi MaVorhis, K-State was only able to score one run on 10 hits and lost to No. 11 TCU, 2-1, on Friday at Lupton Stadium.

The Wildcats (26-28, 8-15 Big 12) scored first for the second time in as many games in the series, using a bases-loaded walk in the second, but TCU (37-14, 14-9 Big 12) cashed in leadoff doubles in the second and fourth to score its pair of runs.

K-State had runners on base in seven of its nine innings at the plate, including three bases-loaded situations, but the Wildcats finished its 10th one-run loss of the year stranding nine on base and grounding into three inning-ending double plays.

“It’s frustrating – we just didn’t get the swings we needed,” said K-State head coach Brad Hill. “Bases loaded and no outs (in the second), and we score one on a walk. Then bases loaded and one out (in the fifth), and we cannot get a ball in the air to get a run in. We got the pitching performance we needed and had great defense once again. We just could not get the hits we needed at the right time.”

MaVorhis, meanwhile, turned in his first complete game of the year by scattering TCU’s five hits in a tough-luck loss. The senior, in his final regular season start of his career, struck out eight and retired 14 of his last 16 batters faced to match his season-high in innings pitched. He also threw a career-high 123 pitches.

“Levi was in command of what he was doing,” said Hill. “He minimized the innings, had just two one-run frames. From the fifth inning on, he got that feeling again of when he had command of all of his pitches. He competed more than anything else and made pitches when he had to.”

MaVorhis surrendered his first hit to start the second when Josh Watson opened the frame with a double to left field. The TCU left fielder moved to third on a fly out by Dane Steinhagen and then scored to tie the game on a Connor Wanhanen groundout. 

The Horned Frogs took the lead in the fourth when Luken Baker and Watson had a double and single, respectively, to open the inning and put runners on the corners against MaVorhis. The Wildcats traded two outs for a run when Steinhagen grounded into a double play and allowed Baker to score and make it 2-1 TCU.

MaVorhis settled in after the double play as he struck out four straight from the end of the fourth through the fifth. The right-hander had five of his eight punchouts after the fifth, including his last one to cap a perfect eighth.

The Wildcats had the bases loaded in the second, third and fifth but were 0-for-5 in such situations. Josh Ethier drew the run-scoring walk in the second to give K-State the early 1-0 lead. However, a fielder’s choice by Michael Smith on a bunt and a fly out by Clayton Dalrymple stalled the second-inning threat. In the third, a TCU error – on a dropped third-strike play during Josh Rolette’s at-bat – and back-to-back singles by Tyler Moore and Quintin Crandall loaded the bases with two outs for Brooks Zimmerman. The freshman, though, hit into an inning-ending groundout to TCU starting pitcher Mitchell Traver.

K-State loaded the bases for the third and final time in the fifth when consecutive hits by Jake Scudder and Moore off Traver were followed by a single from Crandall off reliever Preston Guillory. Zimmerman, though, ended the frame with one of the three double plays hit into by K-State.

Guillory earned the win for the Horned Frogs by throwing 3 2/3 shutout innings while scattering two hits and a walk. He also struck out three.

Durbin Feltman threw a 1-2-3 ninth inning to pick up his second save of the series and sixth of the season.

Moore and Crandall each had three hits to lead the Wildcats.

K-State will look to salvage a win in the series on Saturday. First pitch for the regular season finale is set for 4 p.m.

Despite the loss, K-State qualified for the Big 12 Baseball Championship in Oklahoma City after KU lost both games of its doubleheader at Oklahoma State on Friday. The Wildcats will be the No. 8 seed in the double-elimination tournament and face No. 1 Texas Tech on Wednesday, May 25.

MaVorhis’ team-best 76 strikeouts this season are the most by a Wildcat since 2012 when Kayvon Bahramzadeh had 79.

K-State dropped to 0-10 against ranked teams this season.

The Wildcats’ 10 one-run losses are their most in a season since 2011 when they were 11-12 in such contests. K-State is 3-10 in one-run games this year.

Jake Scudder extended his hitting streak to eight games, a new career-high. The junior also has a 17-game hitting streak and 23-game on-base streak in Big 12 play.