Wildcats Shut Out Bears in Friday Night Win

"It's a Friday night, and it just seems like Friday nights are always really emotional nights," said Wildcat head coach Brad Hill. "You've got your best guys on the mound and you seem to always get up for that. I thought we took advantage of some errors, got hits when we needed to, and it was just a solid win."
The Wildcats were anchored by the solid pitching of redshirt sophomore Nate Griep, who threw seven shutout innings with six strikeouts while surrendering just four hits.
"He's such a competitor, and he made some pitches when he had to make some pitches tonight," said Hill. "He just comes out and does what he does."
So far this season in five starts, Griep is 3-1 and has a 2.08 ERA following Friday's game. 
"(The win) started on the mound with Nate Griep," said Wildcat first baseman Shane Conlon who, in his three at-bats, had two hits and one RBI. "It's awesome playing behind him when you know he's going to throw up a bunch of zeros the whole game. It just started with him and we were able to take the lead early. We played relaxed and just played our game."
While the Wildcats scored their first run of the game in the second inning, it was the fifth inning that strengthened the Cats' victory. With a two-run single by Clayton Dalrymple and RBI single from Conlon, K-State scored three runs in the fifth and never looked back.
"It's always easy getting up for a Friday night game, but the main thing that we challenged each other (before the game) was to just be more consistent," said Conlon. "If we just play our game, the scoreboard usually takes care of itself."
The K-State baseball team continues its three-game series against Missouri State this afternoon at 2 p.m. and Sunday afternoon at 1 p.m. in Tointon Family Stadium. Sunday's game is Family Day as K-State is offering a Wildcat 4 Pack and, following the game, kids will have the opportunity to run the bases. 
"We've been loving the weather, it's great," said Conlon. "The fans have been great all year, and I'm sure the weather helps, but it's fun to play in front of them. It's fun to have the fans out here cheering."
To purchase single-game tickets, as well as season tickets, fans can click here, call 1-800-221-CATS (2287) or stop by the K-State Athletics Ticket Office in Bramlage Coliseum. On the day of a game, the Tointon Family Stadium box office will open one hour before first pitch.
For a full recap and box score from last night's game, please click here
The Wildcat tennis team looked to win its 2015 Big 12 home debut and run its home win streak to five matches yesterday at Mike Goss Tennis Stadium, but No. 27 TCU held back the Wildcats' upset bid with a 4-0 win.
"I think we played well and I think we competed well," said K-State head coach Danielle Steinberg. "I think everyone fought 100 percent to the end. We started a little slow in doubles on some courts, but I think overall we played well in doubles. In singles, we won three first sets and then let the opponents get back into the match and that is something we need to work on, to be a little more consistent. 
"Overall, today was a good day. The girls played really well at home. I am happy with how we fought and competed. Hats off to TCU, they played well and executed well."
K-State will continue its four-match homestand on Sunday, as the Wildcats host No. 17 Texas Tech at 11 a.m. Sunday's match will be K-State's first annual Pink Match. The first 50 K-State students in attendance will receive a free pink K-State Women's Tennis t-shirt.
To continue reading about yesterday's match, please click here

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