Wildcat baseball team swept by Longhorns in Texas

Freshman infielder Cameron Thompson high fives his coach after hitting a triple during the K-State game against UC Riverside at Tointon Family Stadium on March 12, 2017. (File Photo by Sabrina Cline | The Collegian)

The Kansas State baseball team was swept by the Texas Longhorns over the weekend in their first series of Big 12 play.

In game one, the Wildcats were shut out for the first time this season, losing 2-0.

It was the starting pitcher for Texas who was the star of the game, as sophomore Nolan Kingham had five strikeouts while only allowing four hits to K-State.

Wildcat freshman infielder Cameron Thompson had the only extra base hit of the game, but was unable to advance to third.

“Tough sledding tonight,” head coach Brad Hill said to K-State Sports. “I mean, (Nolan) Kingham was bringing it, give him credit. He got ahead in counts early and made it difficult for our hitters to get anything going. That’s the kind of pitching we will see in the Big 12, we’ve got to learn from it and come back better tomorrow.”

The K-State bullpen threw four and two-thirds innings in the loss and had eight consecutive outs at one point.

The offense struggled again on Saturday as they could only muster three hits in a 5-0 loss.

Texas starting pitcher junior Morgan Cooper threw eight shut-out innings and had 11 strikeouts in the win.

This was the first time since 2004 K-State had not scored in back-to-back contests.

Wildcats senior first baseman Jake Scudder did continue his on-base streak, which is at a career high of 17 games.

In the final game of the series, K-State’s offense finally got going as they scored four runs in the fifth inning, but blew a 4-2 lead in a 6-5 loss.

Thompson had three hits while freshman left-handed pitcher Will Brennan provided two runs batted as the Wildcats were swept in the series finale.

Sophomore right-handed pitcher Mitch Zubradt gave up three earned runs as he threw one and one-third innings.

The Wildcats will travel to Lincoln, Nebraska, to take on the Cornhuskers on Tuesday starting at 6:30 p.m.