Kansas State Baseball on Early Win Streak; Florida Weekend Recap

Jun 13, 2015; Omaha, NE, USA; General view of baseball on field before the 2015 College World Series at TD Ameritrade Park. Mandatory Credit: Steven Branscombe-USA TODAY Sports
Jun 13, 2015; Omaha, NE, USA; General view of baseball on field before the 2015 College World Series at TD Ameritrade Park. Mandatory Credit: Steven Branscombe-USA TODAY Sports /

The Kansas State Baseball team is on an early winning streak. After an opening game loss to Ohio State, the Bat Cats have won three straight and leave Florida 3-1.

Game 1 – Ohio State (Loss, 3-6)

Falling behind early, the Kansas State Wildcats couldn’t quite make up the deficit to the Buckeyes. Falling behind 3-0 after 3 innings and 6-0 after 4, the Cats didn’t allow another run to OSU.

However, the damage was done. K-State mounted a rally with a run in the 6th and 2 more in the 9th, but it wasn’t enough, despite out hitting OSU 9-6, the Cats started off 0-1 in 2017.

K-State used 5 pitchers in the contest. Starter Bryce Ward, also the loser in game 1, went 3 innings, giving up 3 hits, 3 runs (0 earned), 2 BBs, and striking out 3.

Tyler McKay was went 2/3 of an inning giving up 2 hits, 3 runs (all earned), 4 BBs, and 1 K, facing just 8 hitters.

Game 2 – Pitt (Win, 5-4)

In game 2, K-State had to fight back from behind again. This time, with better results. After spotting Pittsburgh a 2-0 lead after 5 innings of play, the Cats started to play.

A 3-run, sixth inning gave KSU a 3-2 lead. Pitt would tie it in the bottom of the 6th with a lone run to make it 3-3. Pitt would take back the lead in the 7th to make it 4-3.

However, K-State wasn’t packing it in. A two spot in the final at bat for the Cats pushed them out to a 5-4 lead, and the bullpen shut down Pitt in the 9th.

Steve Serratore and Quintin Crandall both homered in the contest, and Justin Heskett earned the win for the Wildcats. Heskett went 5 innings surrendering 7 hits, 2 runs (2 earned), 1 BB and 4 K’s.

Game 3 – Delaware (Win, 7-0)

It was slow going in game 3 versus Delaware. Kansas State opened the scoring in the 5th with 2 runs, followed by a run in the 6th to make it 3-0. It stayed 3-0 until the 8th inning.

In the 8th, the Wildcats would push across 2 runs raising the lead to 5-0. A 2-run 9th closed out the scoring for the Cats at 7-0. K-State out-hit Delaware 12-5 and committed no errors.

Winning pitcher for the Wildcats was Brogan Heinen; 5 innings, 3 hits allowed, 0 earned runs, 2 BBs and 5 K’s.

Bat Cats center fielder Cameron Thompson went 4 for 4 with 2 runs scored and a RBI. Quinton Crandall went 2 for 4 with an RBI and a run scored.

Game 4 – Ohio State (Win, 3-2)

In the rematch of game 1, KSU got to work early. A 1st inning run came after a single from Serratore and a HBP to Jake Scudder with 2 outs, and a Josh Rolette single to right field.

The Wildcats added a second run in the 5th on a single to first base that scored Will Brennan from second. Ohio State scratched 2 runs across in the bottom of the 5th, but that’s all they would get.

K-State pushed ahead in the 8th on a single from Scudder, scoring Wodtke from second base, making the score 3-2. That’s how the game ended as the Wildcats held of the Buckeyes in the 9th.

Thompson and Wodtke both went 2 for 5, Thompson had a RBI and Jake Wodtke a run scored. Parker Rigler started for the Cats, and probably deserved a better fate, as he got the no-decision.

Mitch Zubradt was the pitcher of record after the seventh inning and thus, earned the win, when K-State went ahead in the 8th. Jordan Floyd earned the save.

Next for the BatCats

Now sitting at 3-1, Kansas State heads to Lexington, SC for meetings with South Carolina, St. Johns, and Liberty twice. The action starts on February 23rd and goes through Sunday, February 26th.

Next: Underwood, Round 2

The Wildcats first home tilt will come Friday, March 3rd with a 3-game series against Eastern Illinois.

First pitch in South Carolina is slated for 4:00 PM EST (3:00 CST). Best of luck to the Bat Cats, as they look to build on the winning streak.