Bat Cats win series three out of four against Stanford

Head coach Pete Hughes gives junior Dylan Caplinger a few pointers as he prepares to step up to bat. (Sreenikhil Keshamoni | Collegian Media Group)

The baseball team improved to 9-6 after a four-game series win out west against Stanford. The Wildcats took three of the four games against the Cardinal. A highly explosive offense for K-State continued throughout the weekend where the Wildcats scored 28 total runs in four games.

Game 1: K-State 6, Stanford 1

W: Seymour (2-2), L: Beck (0-3) , S: Lockwood (1)

Dominant pitching by redshirt sophomore Carson Seymour for six innings and three in relief by senior Brett Lockwood was the headline in the opening game. Seymour allowed one unearned run on two hits, two walks and struck out nine. The lone run for the Cardinal came on a wild pitch. Lockwood closed out the game with four strikeouts.

Redshirt junior infielder Kamron Willman singled to left in the second inning, driving in sophomore outfielder Dylan Phillips. In the fifth, senior infielder Cameron Thompson drove in senior outfielder Caleb Littlejim with a fly out to right.

Junior infielder Terrence Spurlin doubled to left, driving in two more runs for Kansas State.

The Wildcats scored their final two runs of the game in the sixth and eighth innings driven in by Willman. Sophomore infielder Daniel Carinci and sophomore outfielder Blake Burrows scored on the RBIs by Willman.

Game 2: K-State 5, Stanford 7

W: Matthews (1-2), L: McCullough (2-1), S: Dieter (1)

Senior Chris Ceballos opened the game with a single to center field and advanced to second on a fielding error. Junior Zach Kokoska scored on the play. Down 4-1, the Wildcats scored on a single by Ceballos. The Wildcats tried to rally back in the eighth inning with two more runs but fell short 7-5.

Redshirt freshman Connor McCullough went five innings, giving up four runs on six hits and four walks. Junior Jaxon Passino went 2.2 innings for K-State as Stanford scored three more times. Junior Andrew Stratman managed to get the last out without allowing any hits, recording a strikeout.

Game 3: K-State 11, Stanford 1

W: Herbers (1-0), L: Meier (1-2)

Spurlin got the Wildcats on the board with a homer to left driving in Kokoska in the fourth inning. K-State scored three more runs in the sixth off a Kokoska RBI triple, a fielding error and single from Willman up the middle. The last four runs were split between the seventh and eighth innings. A double, a fly-out and two singles contributed to six more runs on the board.

Thompson went three-for-five with three runs scored and two RBIs. Kokoska had three hits and scored three times while driving in two. Spurlin collected two more hits and drove in five runs on the day.

Senior Kasey Ford went 3.2 innings, and junior Zak Herbers pitched 4.1 in relief. Littlejim threw the last inning for the Wildcats and surrendered a walk, but struck out two.

Game 4: K-State 6, Stanford 1

W: Wicks (3-0), L: Dieter (0-1)

Phillips drove in the first two runs for the Wildcats with a home run to right field, driving in Spurlin in the fourth. Kokoska scored on a groundout to the shortstop by Spurlin.

The eighth and ninth innings saw three more runs come across the plate for K-State: Spurlin reached on a fielder’s choice, Thompson advanced to third on a sacrifice bunt and Kokoska scored on a throwing error by the pitcher.

Thompson scored on a fly out while Spurlin advanced to third.

The final run of the day came on a single from Kokoska and freshman outfielder Dom Hughes scored run number six for the Wildcats.

The Wildcats come home to face South Dakota State on Tuesday and Wednesday. First pitch is scheduled for 6 p.m. both nights.

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