Errors Hurt Wildcats in 6-3 Loss at Texas
AUSTIN, Texas – A bevy of Kansas State errors opened the door for Texas to jump to a five-run lead and the Wildcats never caught up as they fell to the Longhorns, 6-3, Saturday at UFCU Disch-Falk Field.
K-State fell to 33-15 overall and 10-7 in Big 12 play. The Longhorns improved to 24-21 on the year and 6-14 in conference action as they fight to stay in contention for a spot in the Big 12 Championship.
The Longhorns jumped out of the gate with two first-inning runs on three hits and an error, then plated two more unearned runs on a pair of errors in the third inning. Another two-out error in the fourth inning made the score 5-0.
Kansas State finished the game with five errors, the most by a Wildcat team since also committing five miscues against Stanford in the 2011 NCAA Regional.
“We gave them a lot after they put the pressure on us in the first inning,” head coach Brad Hill. “They did a great job hitting and running, and we just never could get settled in.”
Meanwhile, the Wildcats were unable to get to Dillon Peters (5-3) in the first four innings as he forced the Wildcats to strand five base runners. K-State finally touched Peters in the fifth inning on a two-run double by Jared King to cut the lead to 5-2.
After a hit-by-pitch loaded the bases, Peters forced Blair DeBord to ground into an inning-ending fielder’s choice.
Peters finished the game allowing two runs on seven hits with a walk and seven strikeouts. Ty Marlow worked two scoreless innings with two fanned batters to earn his second save as the Wildcats struck out 10 times.
“We didn’t compete very well until the fourth inning,” Hill said. “We got into compete-mode in the fifth inning and had opportunities, but we couldn’t cash in or at least put ourselves in a spot to be one hit away.”
Jacob Felts and Erich Weiss each had two hits to lead Texas as Weiss had a two-out RBI single in the third and a run-scoring double in the seventh that essentially put the game away.
The Wildcats were led by three players with two-hit games in Tanner Witt, Mitch Meyer and Lance Miles. Miles led off the third inning with an infield single, and he singled and scored in the fifth. He earned the nod at third base in place of regular RJ Santigate, who was unavailable due to an illness.
Kansas State had multiple opportunities offensively throughout the game by putting the leadoff man on base seven times in nine innings. Witt hit a ground-rule double to lead off the ninth inning and with the tying run reaching the on-deck circle, Marlow forced two fly outs and a strikeout to finish off the game. The Wildcats stranded 11 runners in the game for the second-straight day.
Matt Wivinis (6-2) suffered the loss by allowing four runs (one earned) on three hits with two walks in 2.2 innings.
Joe Flattery came out of the bullpen to keep K-State in the contest by tossing 3.2 innings, allowing an unearned run on four hits with no walks and four strikeouts. His four fanned batters were the most in his last six outings.
“He held it at bay and gave us a chance to get back in it, but the tack-on run at the end hurt us too,” Hill said.
The Wildcats conclude their series against Texas at 1 p.m., Sunday at UFCU Disch-Falk Field. The game can be heard in the Manhattan area on SportsRadio 1350 KMAN, as well as online for free at both www.k-statesports.com and www.1350kman.com.
Sunday’s finale can also be seen on the Longhorn Network, which is available on Cox Communications Manhattan channel 272 and AT&T U-Verse Manhattan channel 609. Additional information about the Longhorn Network, as well as frequently asked questions, can be found at http://espn.go.com/longhornnetwork/faq#2a.
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