Kansas State baseball struggled to get its offense going all game in its second faceoff against the Wichita State Shockers. The Wildcats were unable to score any runs despite having five hits and five walks, losing 1-0.
Leadoff designated hitter Kyan Lodice had a tough game at the plate, striking out three times in his four at-bats. Right fielder Cash Rugely had a walk and a stolen base, but he was stranded on base and did not score. The Wildcats’ best chance to score came in the seventh inning when they loaded the bases with one out, but they were unable to capitalize on the opportunity
On the defensive side, K-State pitcher Mason Buss started the game strong, striking out the first batter he faced. However, the Shockers managed to get two runners on base and scored the game’s only run on a sacrifice fly from catcher Mauricio Millan. Buss pitched four innings in the loss to move his record to 3-2 as four arms from the bullpen helped finish the game.
The Shockers threw out six pitchers with none of them exceeding two innings. Caden Favors received the win, pitching the third and fourth inning with two strikeouts and one hit allowed.
Despite the loss, K-State had some good defensive plays throughout the game. Rugely made a noteworthy catch in center field, and Nick Goodwin had multiple key plays at shortstop.
The Wildcats fall to a 28-18 record, but are back in action at 6 p.m. on Friday, May 5, against Southeast Missouri State at Tointon Family Stadium.