Wodtke's Career-High 6 RBI Lead K-State to 15-9 Win


GAME RECAP

9

15

NR
UAPB
GOLDEN LIONS
0-10 (0-0 SWAC)

NR
K-STATE
WILDCATS
6-4 (0-0 Big 12)

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
UAPB 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 7 9 8 2
KST 1 0 3 1 0 7 0 3 X 15 17 0
W: Rigler (1-2) L: Medina (0-2) S: --
  • Time of Game: 2:46
  • First Pitch: 2:05 pm
  • Temperature: 65 F
  • Wind: 5-10 SW
  • Attendance: 2,066


MANHATTAN, Kan.
– Jake Wodtke drove in a career-high six runs to lead K-State to its fourth straight win with a 15-9 decision over Arkansas-Pine Bluff on Saturday at Tointon Family Stadium.

K-State (6-4), which is now in the midst of its longest winning streak since March 6-10 of last season, used Wodtke’s half-dozen RBI along with 17 total hits to score at least 15 runs for the third consecutive game – a first for the Wildcats since 1996.

Wodtke, who has 10 of his team-high 12 RBI over the last three games, produced the most RBI by a Wildcat since 2011. The redshirt junior gave K-State an early lead in the first with a sacrifice fly and then delivered a two-run single in the third – to make it 3-1 Wildcats – and a bases-loaded triple that was a part of K-State’s seven-run sixth.

Wodtke finished the day 2-for-3 as he has nine hits over his last 13 at-bats (.692). He is also hitting a team-best .474 on the year.

While Wodtke led the team in RBI, Tyler Moore paced the team in hits. The senior was 3-for-4 with two doubles and two RBI. His first double in the fourth drove in Josh Rolette to stake the Wildcats to a 5-1 advantage. In the sixth, Moore pulled an RBI single to cap the crooked frame.

Rolette reached base safely a game-high four times as he had a double, hit by pitch and two walks in his five plate appearances. In the seventh, the freshman reached base safely twice.

“I thought our plate discipline was not nearly as good today (compared to yesterday) until later (in the game),” said K-State head coach Brad Hill as the Wildcats took until the third inning to register the first of their double-digit hits. “With that said, Jake [Wodtke] had a big hit for us. He continues to do good things as does Josh Rolette. He gets his hits, gets some walks and just gets on base. Tyler Moore continues to swing the bat well for us. It is just up and down the lineup.”

In addition to Moore and Wodtke, Clayton Dalrymple, Jake Scudder, Tyler Wolfe and Cade Bunnell all had a multi-hit game. Wolfe and Wodtke currently lead the team with six multi-hit games this season while Scudder and Dalrymple have five apiece.

For Bunnell, it was his first career multi-hit effort – a game after the freshman notched his first career hit.

Wildcat starting pitcher Parker Rigler picked up his first career win after holding the Golden Lions to two runs over six innings. The left-hander also struck out a career-high five while not walking any.

“(Rigler) has continued to get the ball down,” added Hill. “As he went in the fourth and fifth inning, the ball got down in the strike zone a little bit better. That has been kind of his nemesis. I thought he did a good job, and (pitching coach) Tyler Kincaid did a good job of cross-counting him just a little bit. He was able to spin that breaking ball for a strike early in the count.”

Rigler retired the first six batters he faced before running into trouble in the third. Back-to-back hits by UAPB’s Jacob Columbo and Roberto Colon produced the first Golden Lion run and tied the game at 1-1. Later in the fifth, a Colon double off Rigler eventually produced a run when Jacqueese Moore drove him home with a single and make it 5-2 K-State. Rigler, however, bounced back with a 1-2-3 sixth to end his day.

After Rigler finished out his second career quality start, relievers Logan Wiley and Brandon Erickson each retired the three batters they faced, including one on a strikeout, over the seventh and eighth. 

UAPB (0-10) scored nearly all of its runs in the top of the ninth when it sent 10 batters to the plate, seven of which crossed home. K-State’s John Boushelle was charged with six runs on one hit, four walks and a hit batter while Nick Jones surrendered a three-run home run to pinch hitter Aderly Perez to cap the frame.

The Wildcats never trailed in the game thanks to Wodtke’s RBI in the first and third, but the big sixth allowed K-State to build a 12-2 lead. Eleven Wildcats were sent to the plate in the frame while Dalrymple, Wodtke, Serratore, Wolfe and Moore all had RBI. 

Wolfe later struck for a two-run double in the eighth to give him three RBI, matching his season-high. The senior has eight RBI over the last four games, a stretch in which he was moved to the No. 5 spot in the lineup. He also has two hits in each of those four contests.

UAPB starting pitcher Humberto Medina took the loss after the right-hander surrendered nine runs, seven earned, on nine hits and three walks over 5 1/3 innings.

K-State will look for the sweep on Sunday when it sends right-handed senior Levi MaVorhis to the mound for a 1:05 p.m. first pitch. UAPB has not announced its starter. 


NOTES
Prior to Wodtke, the last Wildcat to have six RBI in a game was Jason King on March 30, 2011 when he drove in seven against Northern Colorado.

The last time K-State scored 15 or more runs in three straight games was when it had 15, 16 and 17 at Air Force from February 17-19, 1996.

K-State has won 31 of its last 36 non-conference home games (since March 20, 2013).

Dalrymple, who is one of three Wildcats to have reached base safely in all 10 games this year, is the owner of a career-high 17-game on-base streak.

K-State is averaging 15.5 runs per game over the last four contests (62 runs total).