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K-State Baseball: Starting In The Right Direction

Well, that's certainly better than how last season started. Lets keep this up now.

Lets hope the BatCats can return to this form.
Lets hope the BatCats can return to this form.

The Kansas State baseball team came out of the gate in the 2014 season by losing 5 straight. Well, the 2015 edition can already put that nightmare to rest after starting the season with a solid 5-4 victory over the Hawkeyes of Iowa. The win extends K-State's streak against Iowa to six games, and provides a very much needed confidence booster to a very young team.

This game boiled down to a heck of a pitcher's duel before K-State sophomore Jake Wodtke's sacrifice fly in the top of the 5th scored junior (transfer) Tyler Wolf to break the stalemate. K-State scored another run in the top of the 6th, but allowed two Iowa runs in the bottom to even the scoring. Both teams then had scoreless 7th's, but K-State broke the tie in the 8th with a 3-run barrage helped by some wild Iowa pitching. The Hawkeyes answered with two runs in the 8th, but were unable to muster any further damage. Seven Wildcats recorded hits in the contest, but none had more than one. Junior (transfer) Danny Krause scored two runs for the Cats thanks to taking two walks. Six new Wildcats saw playing time in the contest, all JUCO transfers.

Sophomore Nate Griep, who made a splash in his first start last year with a complete-game shutout at Oklahoma, started the game and made it into the 6th inning before surrendering two hits and two runs to Iowa and being pulled for sophomore Jordan Floyd. Floyd pitched a scoreless 7th before his defense let a baserunner on. Junior Nate Williams came in for his first action in over a year, but didn't have any good stuff, throwing several wild pitches that scored two runs before being pulled for junior (transfer) Kyle Halbohn. Halbohn cleaned up the mess in the 8th, and pitched a scoreless one-hit 9th to secure the Wildcat victory.

Tomorrow morning at 10am CT, the BatCats will face a Pittsburgh team that carded 18 runs in a blow-out win over Saint Louis Friday morning. Hopefully Pitt used up all their scoring for the weekend, but K-State should at least keep things competitive thanks to junior Levi MaVorhis getting the start on the mound. We'll also get to see if the Cats can keep up offensive production without poor pitching to help aid scoring. Be sure and check out Jon's viewing guide for game info.