Feb. 22, 2014
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MORAGA, Calif. – The K-State baseball team relinquished an early advantage over UC Davis after allowing a combined seven runs in the fifth and sixth innings that helped lead to a 10-5 Wildcat loss at Louis Guisto Field in the Gael Invitational.
A day after registering its own big inning, K-State (1-6) suffered a crooked number recorded by the opponent on Saturday. UC Davis (3-4) plated five runs in the sixth that turned a 5-4 K-State lead into a 9-5 advantage for the Aggies. UC Davis had four of its 15 hits in the game during the game-deciding sixth.
K-State reliever Braxton Wilks led off the sixth by hitting Spencer Brann with a pitch. Wilks was lifted for Colton Kalmus, but the Wildcat right-hander surrendered a triple to the first batter he faced in Spencer Henderson that tied the game at 5-5. Tino Lipson followed by driving in Henderson with an RBI double before Steven Patterson made it 7-5 with an RBI single. Kalmus was removed in favor of Nate Griep, but the redshirt freshman could not limit the damage as he surrendered a two-run home run to Cameron Olson.
“We made mistakes pitching-wise, more anything else,” said K-State head coach Brad Hill about the sixth inning. “We just couldn’t finish off pitches. It started off with a hit by pitch. We got a young guy out there [Kalmus], who is still trying to establish himself and get comfortable, and he just made some mistakes and they got them with a couple pretty good hitters.”
The five runs scored by UC Davis were the most runs scored by a K-State opponent in an inning this season. It is the second time this season K-State has allowed 10 runs in a game after Cal Poly broke out for 10 runs on Feb. 16.
K-State led for the first half of the game, benefitted by recording nine of its 12 hits through the fifth inning. Shane Conlon and Austin Fisher, who had two and three hits, respectively, got the Wildcat offense started by each driving in a run in the first inning to make it 2-0.
The Wildcats picked up a run in the third inning on a throwing error by UC Davis shortstop Lipson. UC Davis was attempting to turn a double play on a ground ball by Tanner DeVinny, but Lipson’s throw got away from the first baseman Henderson and allowed Conlon to score from third.
After the Aggies pulled within 3-2 in the bottom of the third, K-State added a run in the fifth with a two-out RBI single up the middle by RJ Santigate, one of the third baseman’s three hits in the game.
UC Davis tied it for the first time in the bottom half of the fifth with a sacrifice fly by Seth Batty and solo home run by Nick Lynch. Lynch hit his second homer of the game in the eighth inning off K-State pitcher Job Roblez that capped the game’s scoring.
K-State jumped back ahead, 5-4, in the sixth inning on a sacrifice fly by Conlon with the bases loaded. However, K-State could not plate anymore runs in the inning despite runners at first and third base following Conlon’s sacrifice fly. For the game, K-State left 11 runners on base.
“Offensively, we left too many guys on base,” said Hill. “We didn’t finish off innings. I’m seeing more hits. Guys are getting the ball to the middle of the yard. [Conlon], Fish and RJ [Santigate] are doing pretty well, but we need more guys to start coming along a little bit.”
Conlon led the Wildcats with two RBI while Fisher and Santigate paced the team with three hits apiece – both season-highs. Fisher owns a six-game hitting streak, including seven hits in the last three games. Santigate has five base hits in his last two contests.
K-State starting pitcher Jordan Witcig did not factor into the decision after allowing two runs, one earned, on four hits and four walks in three-plus innings pitched. Kalmus took the loss for the Wildcats after allowing three runs and three hits in 1/3 of an inning.
UC Davis reliever Orlando Razo earned the win after holding K-State to no runs in 3 2/3 innings. The left-hander did allow one inherited runner, from starter Evan Wolf, to score in his first inning of action in the sixth.
The Wildcats complete their season-opening eight-game road trip on Sunday, February 23 against Saint Mary’s. K-State beat the Gaels 9-4 on Friday afternoon.