K-State Loses Series Finale to Baylor, 3-1

By: kstatesports.com
By: kstatesports.com

MANHATTAN, Kan. - The K-State baseball team was held to one run by Baylor starting pitcher Daniel Castano on Saturday as the Wildcats lost the series finale to the Bears, 3-1, at Tointon Family Stadium.

The left-hander for Baylor (18-21, 5-9 Big 12) allowed one unearned run in eight innings and held the Wildcats (22-18, 4-8 Big 12) to six hits to earn his fifth win of the season.

"[Castano] threw a great game - what great composure," said K-State head coach Brad Hill. "That guy wanted the ball tonight. He was on a mission to not let them get swept. He had a cutter that really tied up our right-handed hitters."

K-State entered Saturday having already secured the series with wins on Thursday and Friday. It was the first regular season series win against Baylor since 2010.

K-State starting pitcher Nate Griep suffered his third consecutive loss after allowing two runs in 5 2/3 innings.

The Wildcat right-hander worked around a hit in each of the first two innings to hold Baylor scoreless, but in the third, a leadoff double by Logan Brown eventually turned into the Bears' first run. Brown advanced to third on a sacrifice bunt by Lawton Langford, and the Baylor center fielder scored on an RBI groundout by Brett Doe.

The Wildcats answered quickly in the bottom of the third when Taylor Anderson, who reached on two-base throwing error by Baylor third baseman Ben Carl, scored on a double by Carter Yagi. Yagi hit a sharp ground ball up the middle, which deflected off Lawton's glove into shallow left field allowing Anderson to score from second and Yagi to reach with his fifth double of the season.

The game-deciding run scored in the fifth on a leadoff home run by Darryn Sheppard off Griep. The roundtripper was Griep's fifth allowed this season.

Baylor added an insurance run in the eighth when Langford led off with a double off K-State's Ethan Landon and later scored on sharply hit single by Adam Toth past a drawn-in infield.

Langord matched Brown for the Baylor team-lead in hits with two while Ross Kivett and Yagi each had two hits for K-State, with Yagi going 2-for-3 with an RBI. Kivett finished 2-for-4, with his first hit being a single in the fifth that was not able to score Max Brown from second base and potentially tie the game.

Jared Moore threw for the second-straight night in relief, allowing one hit and striking out three in 1 2/3 innings. The left-hander surrendered Toth's RBI single in the eighth, with the run being charged to Landon. Landon allowed one hit in his 1 2/3 innings.

Baylor's Josh Michalec threw a perfect ninth inning to pick up his Big 12-leading 14th save of the season.

K-State continues its homestand with a two-game set against Bakersfield on April 21 and 22. First pitch on Monday for game one of the series is at 6:30 pm.


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