K-State Baseball: Wildcats Lose First Home Series of the Season

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The Wildcats of Friday decided not to show up on Saturday or Sunday.

The start to the month of April has looked much like the start of the season and nothing like the month of March. The Wildcat offense sputtered, the defense had miscues, and lost two games that should have been victories. And with the 2-1 loss, the Wildcats lose their first series to KU since 2009, and lost back-to-back games to KU for the first time since 2004. After winning their first 11 games at home, the Wildcats have now dropped two straight.

During the last two games, K-State (18-13, 2-4) has looked nothing like the team that blasted KU (21-11, 5-4) for 10 runs on Friday. Freshman Nate Griep (3-1) lost his first game of the season even with a solid start. His stat line of two runs on ten hits in eight innings should have been enough to win the ballgame, and in the last two days it would have been. Griep threw 115 pitches at 37 Jayhawk batters, and gave up a solo HR in the 2nd. Freshman Ethan Landon, who may be the new closing ace for the Wildcats, came in to a base-loaded no-outs situation in the 9th and managed three quick outs to prevent the Jayhawks from extending their lead.

But the Wildcats offense could never capitalize. Freshman Tanner DeVinny (3-4), who has been on a tear as of late, led the Wildcats at the plate, and was the only Wildcat to record multiple hits, his 8th multi-hit game of the season. Senior Ross Kivett, who was held hitless on Saturday, managed a 1-2 game and notched the Wildcats' only RBI on the afternoon. The Wildcats left six stranded on the afternoon, and a baserunning error in the 5th prevented a possible second run. DeVinney’s hit streak now sits at 15 games, but Senior R.J. Santigate’s career-high on base streak ended this afternoon at 22 games.

Junior Frank Duncan (3-1) pitched the complete game for the Jayhawks. He gave up only one run on seven hits, only giving up two free bases (walk and HBP) while throwing 128 pitches at 34 Wildcat batters.

The Jayhawks were led at the plate by sophomore Jordan Protacio (3-4) and junior Tucker Tharp (2-3, HR). Overall, seven Jayhawks recorded hits and eight reached base on the afternoon.

A crowd of 3,470 saw the Wildcat loss, setting the series attendance at 10,490. The current season attendance average sits at 2,888 after the weekend.

Stat of the Weekend: K-State recorded 14 runs to KU's 8, but only managed one victory.

The Wildcats return to action on Tuesday, April 8th, facing the Shockers of Wichita State at 6:30 p.m. on the turf at Tointon Family Stadium. The Shockers sit at 16-14 overall and 2-4 in the MVC in Todd Butler’s first season in Wichita. WSU is currently on a four-game road losing streak after taking two of three against then-#9 Cal State Fullerton in Wichita.

For those that can attend in person, Tuesday is Dollar Day at Tointon, with select concessions available for only $1. For everyone else, the game will be broadcast on Cox Ch. 22 in Kansas and K-StateHD.TV for those outside of the state. Radio broadcasts will be available in Manhattan at 1350 KMAN or in Wichita on 1330 KNSS (WSU Broadcast). Live online streaming will be available at 1350KMAN.com or K-StateSports.com.

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