Wildcats Halt Losing Streak with 11-3 Win
Wildcats Halt Losing Streak with 11-3 Win
14-11 (5-1 Summit)
12-13 (0-3 Big 12)
W: Wiley (2-1) L: Sasse (1-3) S: ---
- Time of Game: 2:52
- First Pitch: 6:35 pm
- Temperature: 67 F
- Wind: SE 15-25
- Attendance: 1,916
MANHATTAN, Kan. – K-State snapped its seven-game losing streak with the help of 17 hits, tying its season-high, and beat Omaha, 11-3, on Tuesday at Tointon Family Stadium.
The Wildcats (12-13) scored their most runs since March 16 – the date of their last win – and had six different players register multi-hit games to deal Omaha (14-11) just its second loss over the last seven contests.
“It was good to see this offense open up tonight,” said K-State head coach Brad Hill. “Coach (Andy) Sawyers has been working hard with them. These guys are workers; it’s not for lack of trying or effort. Now we just need to string together some games like this.”
Jake Wodtke hit his first career home run, a three-run shot, to make up his three hits, his most over his last eight games. He added an RBI single in the second and third innings to total five RBI, one shy of his career-high.
Clayton Dalrymple and Steve Serratore also had three hits apiece as well as two runs and an RBI. Dalrymple finished 3-for-4, with his last hit being a hustle double in the fifth, to register his team-best 12th multi-hit game. Serratore, meanwhile, turned in a new season-high in hits while reaching base safely in all four of his plate appearances.
Josh Rolette, Tyler Moore and Danny Krause had two hits each to round out the six Wildcats with multi-hit games. Krause also drew two walks while Moore had two RBI as well as a walk.
The Wildcats drove in five of their 11 runs with two outs, including all three runs in the third. Moore, Serratore and Wodtke had the run-producing singles in the third while Moore later added a two-out RBI in the seventh when he drew a bases-loaded walk.
K-State also went 8-for-14 with runners in scoring position.
On the mound, Logan Wiley earned his second win after holding Omaha to three hits and one walk over five scoreless innings. The freshman retired nine straight after allowing two runners on base in the first and ended his season-long outing with four runners stranded.
“He keeps getting better each time out,” said Hill about Wiley. “It was good to see him finish. He finished (the fifth inning) and we didn’t have to go get him. He got a big double play and then really made a good pitch after that to finish it off.”
Fellow freshman Brogan Heinen spelled Wiley in the sixth and went on to pitch two innings, allowing one unearned run in the seventh after one of K-State’s three errors. The right-hander, who has a 1.38 ERA in his eight appearances this season, also struck out one.
Omaha starting pitcher Brett Sasse took the loss after allowing five runs on eight hits and one walk in 2 2/3 innings. It was the right-hander’s third defeat of the year. Two of his five runs surrendered were in the second when back-to-back RBI singles by Krause and Wodtke capped a run of four straight hits by the Wildcats.
Doubling its game total in runs in the fifth, K-State scored its most runs in an inning since it recorded five in the seventh inning against Milwaukee on March 13. Wodtke’s three-run home run started it all before RBI doubles by Dalrymple and Rolette capped it. All five runs were scored against Omaha’s first reliever, Cal Hehnke.
After Omaha scored its lone run in the seventh, it went on to add two in the eighth when the Wildcats’ third error, by second baseman Cade Bunnell, allowed two runs to score after the bases were loaded.
K-State ends its five-game homestand on Wednesday when it takes on Oral Roberts at 4:05 p.m. Right-hander Jacob Ruder will start for the Wildcats and face the Golden Eagles’ righty Cale Tims.
K-State is 8-0 all-time against Omaha at home.
Rolette extended his on-base streak to 18 games with the help of two hits and a walk. It is the longest on-base streak in a season since Tyler Wolfe ended the 2015 campaign with a 22-game stretch.
Wodtke is the eighth different Wildcat to hit a home run this season, with six of those players tallying their first career roundtripper this year.
K-State has registered 17 hits in a game four times this season, with the first three coming over a three-game stretch February 28-March 5.