K-State Baseball: Wildcats Fall on the Road to Creighton 4-3

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Playing games on the road continues to wreak havoc on teams sporting the name and colors of Kansas State University.

Omaha, NE – Another road game, another road loss for the Wildcats. K-State (15-10, 1-2) began its Omaha road trip with a tick in the loss column, falling to Creighton (12-7-1, 0-0) 4-3 after a late rally that was too little too late. Creighton has now won four of their last five against the Wildcats, and improve to 5-8 vs. K-State HC Brad Hill.

Sophomores were the order of the day on the mound for the Wildcats. Levi MaVorhis got the start and loss to even his record at 3-3. He worked through three scoreless innings before allowing two runs in the 4th and two runs in the 6th. Those four runs, only two earned, came on seven hits in five and a third innings of work. Landon Busch came out of the bullpen in relief, only to return promptly to the dugout after plunking the only batter he faced and giving way to Jake Matthys. Matthys finally showed the arm that made him the team’s ace closer last season, giving his batters a chance to win the game by pitching two and two-thirds scoreless innings, allowing only three hits.

But the offense again struggled on the road. The BatCats were held off the scoreboard until the top of the 6th when an error allowed Senior RJ Santigate to reach base and Senior Ross Kivett to come home. The BatCats made a rally in the top of the 9th, with the bottom three in the order all reaching base to get the top three up to the plate. And Kivett didn't disappoint, knocking a single to right field that brought in two runs, but after a sac bunt and an intentional walk that loaded the bases, the final two batters were unable to do any more damage. Kivett, Senior Blair DeBord, and Junior Cater Yagi recorded two hits apiece, but Ross was the only batter to record an RBI. Only six Cat batters recorded a hit on the evening.>

Sophomore Matt Warren (5-0) got the start for the Bluejays giving up only one run, unearned, on five hits in six and a third innings. After Warren was pulled, the Jays sent four more pitchers to the mound, allowing two runs on four hits, with both runs and three hits coming in the top of the 9th off of Junior Bryan Sova. Sophomore John Oltman was credited with the save after relieving Sova and recording the final two outs.

The Jays were led at the plate by Sophomore Brett Murry, who was 2-3 with 2 RBI. Seven Bluejays recorded hits, but only Murry and Sophomore Reagan Fowler recorded more than one.

The Wildcats and Bluejays continue the series tomorrow at 2:00pm CT. Due up on the mound for the Cats is Senior Jared Moore (4-1, 3.44), and Sophomore Austin Groth (1-1, 3.15) for the Jays. Again, no TV for the games, but you can listen in Manhattan on 1350 KMAN, or free online at either 1350KMAN.com or K-StateSports.com.

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