Wildcats Snap Losing Streak with 9-2 Win over Utah
Wildcats Snap Losing Streak with 9-2 Win over Utah
3-4 (0-0 Big 12)
2-4 (0-0 Pac-12)
W: MaVorhis (2-0) L: Carroll (1-1) S: None
- Time of Game: 3:30
- First Pitch: 5:02 PM
- Temperature: 83 F
- Wind: 5-10 mph, out to CF
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SURPRISE, Ariz. – Jake Scudder hit a bases-clearing, two-out double in a four-run third inning to help K-State snap its three-game losing streak and triumph over Utah, 9-2, on Saturday at Surprise Stadium.
Scudder’s hit, giving him a team-best seven RBI this season, not only broke a scoreless tie but halted a 13-inning scoreless streak for the Wildcat offense.
Tyler Wolfe, who went 2-for-4 with a walk and two RBI, also drove in a run in the crooked third that gave K-State a 4-0 cushion. The senior shortstop plated Scudder from second with a single into right field.
“It was big – we just needed something like that,” said K-State head coach Brad Hill about Scudder’s three-run double. “It was not the prettiest thing – a bouncing ball down the line – but we’ll take it. It was a great momentum swing. Wolfe then finished off that inning with another base hit. That (inning) took a lot of pressure off of us.”
K-State (3-4), which was shut out by Oregon State the day before, posted season-bests in runs and hits in its first victory since February 21 at UC Riverside. The Wildcats had at least one runner on base against Utah (2-4) in all but the fifth and sixth inning.
Along with Wolfe, senior Clayton Dalrymple also had a multi-hit game as he went 3-for-5 with a run scored and RBI. The run driven in occurred in the fourth when he placed a single through the left side of the infield to plate Josh Rolette, who started the frame with his first career extra-base hit (double). Dalrymple’s RBI safety gave the Wildcats a 5-0 lead.
Levi MaVorhis picked up his second win of the year after scattering eight hits over 5 1/3 innings. The senior worked through a scoreless first five frames, having just two of his five baserunners reach scoring position while he struck out five. In the sixth, though, three consecutive base hits and a sacrifice fly resulted in two runs and chased the senior from the game.
“MaVorhis competed tonight,” added Hill. “His two-seamer was not there. He made a couple pitches when he really had to, but it was not the stuff he normally likes to have, stuff that really gives him some confidence on the mound. He had to get through not having his best pitch.”
Freshman Jacob Ruder got the Wildcats out of the sixth-inning jam as he induced a groundout and fly out to leave a runner on third.
Southpaw Jordan Floyd was flawless in his 1 2/3 innings of relief. The junior spelled Ruder in the seventh with runners on the corners and the game-tying run at the plate with one out. Floyd, however, struck out DaShawn Keirsey Jr. – who had two hits in the game – and got Kody Davis to pop out to the first baseman Scudder just beyond the edge of the infield grass to end the threat.
Floyd finished his outing retiring all five of the batters he faced, including three with strikeouts. He leads the team in appearances with four so far this year and has a 0.00 ERA and .208 batting average against over the 6 1/3 innings.
“Floyd was outstanding,” said Hill. “Ruder came in and gave us a stop – which is what we needed obviously – but then Jordan came in and was dominant.”
K-State added two runs in each the eighth and ninth innings. In the eighth, a Utah error allowed pinch runner Danny Krause to score from second on a groundball hit by Cade Bunnell and then later in the frame, a wild pitch hurled by Andrew Jackson resulted in Sam Chadick to score and make it 7-2.
In the ninth, back-to-back bases-loaded walks drawn by Wolfe and Tyler Moore plated Jake Wodtke and Steve Serratore to give the Wildcats their most runs in a game this season. The two walks were also among the four drawn by K-State in the inning.
K-State had a total of 10 walks to go with its 10 hits – both of which were season-highs.
Utah starting pitcher Dalton Carroll took the loss after allowing five runs on seven hits over 3 1/3 innings. He also walked three and struck out four.
Nolan Stouder relieved Carroll in the fourth and went on to pitch 3 1/3 scoreless innings. He allowed just one hit.
The Wildcats will end their 11-day road trip on Sunday when they take on Utah for the second time at 1:30 p.m. Right-hander Colton Kalmus will start for K-State on the mound and face Utah’s righty Riley Ottesen.
The 10 walks by K-State were its most walks since it had 14 on May 2, 2015 vs. Arkansas State.
The Wildcats have scored 29 runs this season, with 19 of them being produced with two outs. Four of the nine on Saturday came with two outs.
Freshman pitcher Brogan Heinen made his K-State debut. The right-hander out of Topeka, Kansas threw a scoreless ninth inning, allowing one hit and striking out two.
Scudder reached base safely three times with the double and two walks. He currently leads the team in batting average (.364) and OBP (.500).