Wildcats hosts Demons for two games at home

Junior outfielder Hanz Harker bats during the K-State baseball game against Eastern Illinois University at Tointon Family Stadium on Mar. 5, 2017. (John Benfer | The Collegian)

The Kansas State baseball team is coming off a sweep of Eastern Illinois this past weekend, but will now turn its attention to Northwestern State for a pair of games Tuesday and Wednesday.

The Wildcats’ starting pitcher on Sunday, senior Parker Rigler, threw a no-hitter against the Panthers, which was the first in program history since 1991.

“It’s a true honor,” Rigler said. “Another day just playing baseball for me and a lot of fun. When you put up 14 runs it makes it a lot easier to go out and attack hitters and not have to be too perfect. And absolute lock-down defense behind me, a lot of great plays made and a lot of effort being put forth there and my catcher Josh Rolette did a heck of a job, too, framing pitches and keeping the ball in front of him and keeping the runners at bay. He did an awesome job back there today, too.”

The Wildcats are now 9-2 on the season while Northwestern State is 4-6 and coming off losing two of three games to Kansas this past weekend.

The Demons did win two out of three games in their first series of the year against the Cincinnati Bearcats.

A major reason for the Wildcats’ impressive start has been their offense and the run production they are putting up.

As a team, K-State is hitting almost .300, have 12 home runs and 70 runs batted in so far in just 11 games.

Senior outfielder Steve Serratore is leading the charge in runs batted in with 13 while senior first baseman Jake Scudder has 11 and two others have nine a piece.

The Wildcats will put their 3-0 record at home to the test as first pitch, the games are both set for 3 p.m. on Tuesday and Wednesday at Tointon Family Stadium.