MANHATTAN, KS – In a game lasting just over 2 hours, sophomore Levi MaVorhis had a career outing, pitching a complete game to give K-State Baseball a 10-0 victory over Northern Colorado. The Bat Cats scored three runs in each of the first two innings, and MaVorhis faced one batter over the game minimum in the shutout.
MaVorhis looked solid throughout, facing the minimum though seven. He also carried a no-hitter into the 7th inning before giving up a base-hit blooper to Jake Eckman, who was caught stealing to end the inning. In the 8th, MaVorhis gave up a single to Colby Harrison, but Harrison was stuck on base after MaVorhis fanned the next two batters. On the evening, MaVorhis recorded eight Ks, two hits, no walks, and the K-State defense committed no errors. MaVorhis also only threw 85 pitches tonight, remarkably low for a complete game. It was, without a doubt, a dominating performance on the mound and in the field.
The BatCats were also active at the plate tonight. Eight of the nine starters recorded at least one hit, led by Austin Fisher with three, and four batters had RBIs, again led by Austin Fisher with four including a two-run homer to right field in the second. The Cats led 6-0 after two innings, but went on a drought until the 6th when Clayton Dalrymple and Carter Yagi batted in a run apiece. The 7th was again scoreless, but the Cats plated two in the 8th for the final 10-0 margin. The Cats were also aggressive on the base paths, recording six steals on the evening.
It was a complete victory against a Northern Colorado squad that falls to 5-14 with the loss. K-State moves to 9-7 and are on an 8-game win streak after starting the season 1-7. MaVorhis records the victory for K-State and sits at 3-1 for the season, while freshman Connor Leedholm will get the loss for Northern Colorado and drops to 0-3 on the year. Surprisingly, Northern Colorado only used two pitchers through the contest and let Leedholm pitch into the 6th.
Due to a severe cold weather forecast on Sunday, the Cats and Bears will play a doubleheader tomorrow, with the first game starting at 2pm and the second to follow 30 minutes after the completion of the first.