Wildcat baseball gears up for single game against Bluejays

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K-State played University of California, Riverside on March 12, 2017 (Sabrina Cline | The Collegian)

UPDATE at 12:45 p.m. Today’s game against Creighton was cancelled.

The Kansas State baseball team will look to bounce back after losing a weekend series at home to the University of California, Riverside, as they host the Creighton Bluejays at 4 p.m. on Tuesday at Tointon Family Stadium.

“They pitched us tough all weekend,” head coach Brad Hill said to K-State Sports. “They pitched great, we didn’t make very good adjustments offensively. We weren’t very good offensively but they pitched really good too, but that’s going to be Big 12 pitching. We are going to have to get better.”

The Wildcats are now 12-4 this season. The Bluejays have struggled so far this year as they are 1-10.

K-State is led in hits by freshman infielder Cameron Thompson with 28, followed by senior first baseman Jake Scudder with 21, and then senior infielder Quintin Crandall with 17.

The Wildcats have also had lots of power so far this season as Scudder had five home runs this year, while Crandall and senior outfielder Steve Serratore both have four in the young campaign.

The pitching staff for the Wildcats has been very solid this season as senior pitcher Parker Rigler threw a no-hitter last weekend, which was the first time since 1991 for the team.

Pitchers, junior Justin Heskett and sophomore Brogan Heinen, both have an earned run average right around three and a half and have struck out 14 and 16 batters respectively.

The Bluejays have lost their last seven games, including getting swept by Air Force last Wednesday. With that said, three of those losses came in extra innings.

After Tuesday’s game, Creighton will return home to host Utah Valley over the weekend in what will be their first home games of the season.

The Wildcats and Bluejays square off at Tointon Family Stadium at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, as K-State looks to get back on track and Creighton tries to get their second win of the season.

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