K-State baseball ends non-conference schedule with series split


The Kansas State baseball team split a two-game series against Canisius on Tuesday and Wednesday.

The Wildcats suffered a blow-out loss in a game where they struggled to find their offense and committed seven errors on the day in the first game of the series.

K-State went 1-13 with Runners in Scoring Position in comparison to Canisius who hit .450 with RISP.

Junior catcher William Krull for the Golden Eagles went went 3-5 and five RBIs. Starting freshman pitcher Andrew Fron pitched five innings and gave up three runs. Fron struck out seven and walked three Wildcat hitters.

Ten hitters for Canisius came to the plate in the second inning as the Golden Griffins brought 10 runs across. Six straight hitters reached base safely and scored six runs on four hits.

Junior right hander Kasey Ford gave up the six runs in his relief appearance for the Wildcats. Ford did not allow another hit after the second inning, he struck out five over three innings of relief.

In the second and final game of the series, K-State won 6-5.

K-State took an early four run lead through three innings. The Wildcats held a 6-3 lead going into the ninth inning. The game ended with a 6-4-3 double play induced by sophomore right hander Andrew Stratman.

In the eleventh win of the season for the Wildcats, Stratman recorded his first career save. Sophomore infielder Terrance Spurlin hit his third homer of the season. It was a solo shot in the second inning.

Freshman left-hander Joey Martin started on the mound for the Wildcats and held the Golden Griffins scoreless through 3.2 innings. Martin allowed three hits and struck out three in the outing.

Sophomore right-hander Jaxon Passino came on in relief and pitched 2.1 innings giving up only one run. Passino got out of the fourth inning with two outs and two runners on base.

The four run lead was cut in half by Canisius with a pair of runs in the top of the sixth inning.

Junior outfielder Will Brennan, senior infielder Thomas Hughes and junior catcher Chris Ceballos each recorded a double in the win. Senior pitcher Mitch Zubradt threw a perfect eighth inning collecting two strikeouts. Zubradt has yet to allow a run on two hits in nine outings, over 11 innings with 17 strikeouts.

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