K-State baseball falls to California Baptist 7-6

K-State junior Will Brennan was the starting pitcher during the baseball game against Cowley County on October 4, 2018. (Alex Todd | Collegian Media Group)

The Kansas State baseball team suffered its third loss of the season against California Baptist on Wednesday afternoon.

The Wildcats split their first series of the year over four games on the road at California State Northridge.

On Wednesday, K-State continued its California road trip with one game against California Baptist in Riverside. California Baptist won its first four games of the season against Northern Illinois.

Freshman lefthander Joey Martin started on the mound for the Wildcats (2-2).

In the first inning, junior third baseman Will Brennan singled and drove in senior shortstop Thomas Hughes for the first run of the game. Junior pitcher Caleb Littlejim advanced to second in the RBI but was stranded on the base paths.

Martin allowed a solo home run to redshirt senior second baseman Luke Navigato that tied the game at 1-1 after the first inning.

In the bottom of the third inning, the Lancers scored two runs off the bat of redshirt junior infielder Andrew Bash. Bash singled to center which scored Navigato and sophomore infielder Angelo Capolupo, putting California Baptist ahead 3-1.

The three runs were charged to K-State starter Martin who went 2.2 innings and gave up three hits and three walks.

Sophomore catcher Jordan Maxson advanced to second on an error by Navigato giving K-State another scoring opportunity. Brennan and Hughes scored on the throwing error tying the game back up at 3 in the top of the fifth.

Graduate student right hander Matt Mogollon gave up two runs on two hits and struck out one in his two innings of work.

Junior first baseman John Glenn hit a single up the middle in the bottom of the seventh. Glenn’s single drove in two runs and advanced sophomore third baseman Harrison Spohn to second. Both Bash and Navigato scored for the Lancers giving them back the lead at 5-3.

The top of the eighth brought three runs across the plate for the Wildcats. Spurlin’s one hit on the night was a double to left center in the seventh. Freshman outfielder Blake Burrows and junior infielder Cameron Thompson each scored a run. Spurlin scored on a single to left from sophomore outfielder Zach Kokoska.

The Lancers went into the bottom of the eighth down by one run. Navigato singled to left, advancing to second on the throw. Freshman outfielder Damon Keith advanced to third and then scored on a throwing error. Navigato scored on a wild pitch giving California Baptist the 7-6 win.

Sophomore right handed pitcher Jaxon Passino was handed the loss and was charged with four runs, one earned. Passino gave up five hits and struck out two in 1.2 innings.

The Wildcats will play Fresno State in San Diego, California on Feb 22. First pitch is scheduled for 3 p.m.

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