Wichita State Shockers

Kansas State baseball continues hot stretch with victory over Wichita State

Kansas State baseball has been trending up over the past month, and that positive trajectory continued Tuesday with a 9-5 victory against Wichita State at Tointon Family Stadium.

The Wildcats cranked out 10 hits against six pitchers to easily defeat the Shockers. The teams will play again Wednesday at Eck Stadium.

This was an easy one for K-State, which has won six of its past seven games to pull within a victory of .500 at 22-23. Wichita State jumped ahead 2-0 in the top of the first inning, but K-State dominated the rest of the way behind hot hitters Tyler Moore, Jake Scudder and Josh Rolette.

“These past three weeks, we have been playing as well as anyone in the big 12, I believe,” said Moore, a senior catcher. “The hitters are doing well. The pitchers are doing well. We have played really solid defense. It is fun to watch and it is fun to be a part of.”

K-State coach Brad Hill was optimistic the Wildcats could reel off a string of victories, but even he wasn’t sure they would be inching toward a winning record back on April 9 when they were 12-19 and 0-8 in the Big 12. A Sunday victory over Texas the following day gave K-State a boost of confidence, and everything changed. The Wildcats gained momentum, which they have since built on, winning consecutive series against West Virginia, Baylor and Iowa.

Another victory against Wichita State would have K-State thinking big as it enters its final three series of the regular season — against Oklahoma, Kansas and TCU. Though the Wildcats are at the bottom of the Big 12 standings at 5-10, they trail fourth-place Texas by one game in the loss column. They will climb with a strong finish.

“This is monumental for us,” Moore said. “We are going to try to get back to .500. That is the first step. We can’t overlook Wichita State, but this Big 12 series is going to be big for us. We have to go win two or three.”

K-State will turn to its normal pitching rotation for its weekend series. It won without its most trusted arms Wednesday.

Freshman Brogan Heinen made his first college start against the Shockers, and he was obviously nervous. His first pitch was way inside and struck Wichita State leadoff hitter Dayton Dugas in the back. Greyson Jenista and Luke Ritter both followed with singles to load the bases, before the Shockers scored two runs.

It wasn’t a good start, but Heinen settled down when he watched K-State respond with four runs in the bottom of the first against Wichita State pitcher Chandler Sanburn, who had been out since March 11 with biceps tendonitis. Heinen lasted five innings, allowing three runs on four hits to earn the win.

“Got to give him a lot of credit,” Hill said of Heinan. “He was obviously very nervous in his first college start, didn’t really have command. We scored four and that seemed to settle him down a little bit. He kept the ball down all night ... He got a lot of ground balls and we played strong defense behind him.”

Moore led the way for K-State offensively, finishing with two hits, two runs and three RBI. Scudder had three hits, two runs and a RBI. Rolette scored three runs on two hits.

Trey Vickers hit a home run over the left field wall for Wichita State, but the Shockers, now 16-28, failed to score in five innings.

WSU coach Todd Butler was noticeably displeased with his team’s effort. He spent 30 minutes speaking with Wichita State players after the final out, boarding a bus home at 10:25 p.m. — nearly an hour after the game ended.

Hill was looking forward to another game in the series.

“We were doing little things to get beat,” Hill said. “Now we are doing little things to win games. It has all started on the mound. We have pitched better. But the bats have also kind of come alive. We are swinging the bats a bit better. We have seen every phase of our game improve a little bit over the last few weeks.”

WSU

ab

r

h

bi

bb

so

avg

Dugas rf

3

1

1

0

1

0

.312

Jenista 1b

4

2

1

0

1

1

.306

Ritter 2b

4

0

1

0

1

0

.293

Bohm 3b

4

0

1

1

0

0

.296

Troutwine c

5

0

1

1

0

1

.293

Mucha cf

3

0

0

0

0

0

.297

Young cf

1

0

0

0

0

0

.250

Tinkham dh

3

0

0

0

1

1

.229

Eaton lf

4

0

1

0

0

2

.128

Vickers ss

4

2

2

1

0

1

.303

Totals

35

5

9

3

4

6

KSU

Dalrymple cf

3

1

1

0

1

0

.357

Wodtke ss

5

0

0

0

0

1

.305

Rolette dh

3

3

2

0

1

0

.312

Scudder 1b

4

2

3

1

0

0

.322

Moore c

4

2

2

3

0

1

.331

Wolfe 2b

4

1

1

1

0

1

.275

Bunnell 3b

3

0

1

0

1

1

.234

Crandall lf

3

0

0

1

0

2

.250

Zimmerman rf

3

0

0

1

0

1

.219

Totals

32

9

10

7

3

7

WSU

200

010

011

5 9 1

KSU

400

004

10x

9 10 1

E — Troutwine (2), Wodtke (7). DP — KSU. LOB — WSU 9, KSU 5. 2B — Eaton (3), Scudder (9), Moore (10), Rolette (13), Dalrymple (13). HR — Vickers (1). SF — Crandall (1), Zimmerman (1). SB — Moore (1), Scudder (6), Bunnell (1).

WSU

ip

h

r

er

bb

so

era

Sanburn L,0-1

4

4

4

3

0

4

7.20

Lewis

1

3

4

4

1

0

6.39

Williams

1

0

0

0

2

1

8.28

Gibson

0

2

1

1

0

0

7.36

Hayes

1

0

0

0

0

0

9.33

Siewald

1

1

0

0

0

2

2.25

KSU

Heinen W,2-0

5

4

3

3

1

3

3.72

Erickson

1

1

0

0

0

0

2.84

Jones

1

0

0

0

0

1

4.76

Ruder

 1/3

1

1

1

2

0

9.35

Floyd

1 2/3

3

1

0

1

2

3.98

HBP — Dugas, Bohm (by Heinen), Dalrymple (by Sanburn). Umpires — home, Josh Schepis; Clint Wheeler; second, Ryan Karle; third, Bob Dickinson. T — 3:02. A — 2331.

Kellis Robinett: @kellisrobinett

Kansas State at Wichita State

▪  When: 6:30 p.m. Wednesday

▪  Where: Eck Stadium

▪  Records: KSU 22-23, WSU 16-28

▪  Radio: KNSS, 1330-AM

▪  TV: Fox College Sports

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