The Kansas State baseball team hung with No. 21 Cal Poly Friday afternoon and into the evening, but big innings from the Mustangs proved to give the Wildcats more than they could handle.
K-State dropped both games in its double header at Tointon Family Stadium, losing Game 1 13-10 and Game 2 6-2.
In the opener, the Wildcats had the winning run at the plate in the bottom of the ninth but a groundout dashed hopes of a comeback. In the nightcap, K-State was tied with Cal Poly 1-1 until the top of the eighth when the Mustangs plated four runs.
“That’s a quality — Big 12 quality team, right there,” K-State head coach Brad Hill said about Cal Poly, which hails from the Big West. “I was very impressed with their starters and the arms they brought out of the pen.
“In the second game, it was just too many little things we didn’t do. We had two-out errors that came back to bite us, and we didn’t get two-out hits when we had those situations. We also didn’t execute bunts and got picked off a couple times. When you start adding up those five or six things, a team like (Cal Poly) is going to beat you every time.”
K-State sophomore Nate Williams took the loss in Game 1. The right-hander pitched 4 1/3 innings, giving up six runs — five earned — on six hits with two walks and two strikeouts.
Williams was relieved by freshman Hayden Nixon for 2 2/3 innings. Freshman Jake Mattys closed the final two innings.
Senior Joe Flattery took the loss in the second game, tossing 7 2/3 innings and allowing two runs on six hits with three walks and seven Ks. Junior lefty Jared Moore pitched the last 1 1/3. He surrendered four runs on five hits with a walk and a strikeout.
Offensively, Austin Fisher and Joe Goodwin led the way for Cats in Game 1.
Fisher was 3 for 4 with a triple and two runs scored. Goodwin, was 3 for 5 with a double and two runs scored.
K-State junior slugger Jared King left the game late with an undisclosed injury and didn’t make an appearance in the second game.
RJ Santigate, Shane Conlon, and Fisher each posted two hits in the nightcap, with Fisher highlighting the trio with a double.
The offensive power of Cal Poly was too much, though, in both contests.
The Warriors totaled five home runs in the doubleheader, with designated hitter Brian Mundell launching two of them in the first game alone.