Baseball swept by TCU, drops back to .500

Senior Josh Nicoloff practices his swing while on deck to bat during the game against Air Force on March 23, 2022. (Archive photo by Madison Riebel | Collegian Media Group)

After a two-week stretch where it was playing its best baseball of the season, the Kansas State baseball team has returned to reality, dropping four-straight games, including a sweep at the hands of the TCU Horned Frogs. The Wildcats lost Sunday’s matchup 11-3.

Throughout the weekend, K-State saw its stellar offensive performances undone by poor pitching. The same can be said on Sunday — Cole Johnson’s game-tying two-run double in the sixth inning meant nothing after the Frogs went on to score eight unanswered runs.

“From the sixth inning on, we struggled,” head coach Pete Hughes said to K-State Sports. “We’ve got to get better and make some adjustments.”

In total, K-State pitchers walked five hitters in the game, including multiple walks for the usually dependable Ty Ruhl and Tyson Neighbors. TCU also collected 17 hits and scored double-digit runs for the second-straight game.

“We have to figure it out,” Hughes said. “We have to put it together on the offensive and defensive side every day.”

K-State’s offense — minus a few games where they’ve missed some critical chances — has been dependable so far this season, but the pitching staff will have to step up to win games in conference play.

Cole Johnson, Dominic Johnson and Josh Nicoloff, to name a few, have continued to rake, but without reliable bullpen arms, the Wildcats will continue to struggle.

The Wildcats head home for another homestand starting Tuesday against Northern Colorado.