Wolfe's Two Home Runs Lift K-State to 10-6 Win




19-19-1 (8-7 WAC)

19-22 (5-10 Big 12)

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GCU 0 1 0 4 0 0 0 1 0 6 8 3
KST 4 0 1 1 3 0 1 0 X 10 10 0
W: Zubradt (2-0) L: Andrews (0-1) S: Kalmus (2)
  • Time of Game: 2:51
  • First Pitch: 6:34 pm
  • Temperature: 58 F
  • Wind: W 15-20
  • Attendance: 1,811

MANHATTAN, Kan. – Tyler Wolfe hit a pair of home runs -- the first multi-home run game by a Wildcat since 2013 -- and relievers Mitch Zubradt and Colton Kalmus quieted Grand Canyon over the final six innings as K-State beat the Antelopes, 10-6, on Wednesday at Tointon Family Stadium.

Wolfe, who had one career home run entering the night, hit a three-run home run in the first and a solo shot in the seventh to help lead the Wildcats (19-22) to their third consecutive win. The senior second baseman also had a career-high five RBI.

“(Wolfe) swung the bat great,” said K-State head coach Brad Hill. “(He also had) great defensive plays. Just a really good overall night by him.”

K-State hit three home runs to the two by Grand Canyon (19-19-1) – both by Preston Pavlica – with Quintin Crandall hitting his first career homer in the fourth. The Wildcats have hit a home run in four straight games, totaling seven over the stretch.

While the offense had five extra-base hits and 10 total, the bullpen duo of Zubradt and Kalmus limited the Lopes to two hits over the final six innings. Zubradt faced the minimum number of batters in two innings while Kalmus notched his second save of the season, allowing just one run in his four frames.

“Zubradt was outstanding,” said Hill. “He comes in, bases loaded and no outs (in the fourth) and he gave up one run. That’s a great inning by him. Kalmus was sharper than he’s been and was able to take it to the house for us. He really minimized his pitch count.”

K-State opened a 5-1 advantage with a four-run first then used two Grand Canyon errors in the third to add another run. But the Antelopes evened the score at 5-5 with three hits and three walks in the fourth. Wildcat starting pitcher Logan Wiley started the inning but three straight hits, including an RBI single by Tyler Wyatt, followed by a walk chased the right-hander from the game. After fellow freshman Brogan Heinen walked both the batters he faced with the bases loaded to force in two more runs, Zubradt was summoned. The right-hander, inheriting the bases full and no outs, ended the frame allowing just one run on a fielder’s choice. He also struck out two.

The Wildcats immediately bounced back when Crandall hit his roundtripper off Josh Andrews to return the advantage, 6-5, back to K-State. The junior became the 11th different Wildcat to hit a homer this year.

K-State added to its lead in the fifth when Wolfe lofted a sacrifice fly with the bases loaded and Serratore hit a two-run triple to drive in Tyler Moore and Jake Scudder.

The triple by Serratore was one of two by the Wildcats as Clayton Dalrymple had a three-base hit to lead off the first. K-State’s five extra-base hits are among its 16 over its winning streak.

Jake Wodtke, who drove in Dalrymple in the first with a single, joined Wolfe and Serratore as the three Wildcats with multi-hit games.

Andrews took the loss for Grand Canyon as the southpaw surrendered five runs, four earned, on four hits and a walk in 3 2/3 innings. He also struck out four.

K-State will now head to Iowa for a three-game series against the Hawkeyes this weekend. Game one of the series is on Friday at 6 p.m.

In addition winning three straight, K-State has won six of its last nine games. The three-game winning streak is also tied for its second longest of the season.

Tyler Moore went 0-for-3 but still extended his on-base streak to a career-high 20 games.

The Wildcats have 61 hits over their last five games, batting .339 (61-for-180) over the stretch. They have also turned in double-digit hits in five consecutive games and in seven of their last eight.

The Wildcats are 14-4 this season when they score first.

The last Wildcat with more than one home run in a game was Ross Kivett against Wichita State in May 2013.