AUSTIN, Texas — A bevy of Kansas State errors opened the door for Texas to jump to a five-run lead and the Wildcats never caught up as they fell to the Longhorns, 6-3, Saturday at UFCU Disch-Falk Field.
K-State dropped to 33-15 overall and 10-7 in Big 12 play. The Longhorns improved to 24-21 on the year and 6-14 in conference action as they fight to stay in contention for a spot in the Big 12 Championship.
The Longhorns jumped out of the gate with two first-inning runs on three hits and an error, then plated two more unearned runs on a pair of errors in the third inning. Another two-out error in the fourth inning made the score 5-0.
K-State finished the game with five errors, the most by a Wildcat team since also committing five miscues against Stanford in the 2011 NCAAs.
“We gave them a lot after they put the pressure on us in the first inning,” K-State coach Brad Hill. “They did a great job hitting and running, and we just never could get settled in.”
Meanwhile, the Wildcats were unable to get to Dillon Peters (5-3) in the first four innings as he forced the Wildcats to strand five base runners. K-State finally touched Peters in the fifth inning on a two-run double by Jared King to cut the lead to 5-2.
After a hit-by-pitch loaded the bases, Peters forced Blair DeBord to ground into an inning-ending fielder’s choice.
Peters finished the game allowing two runs on seven hits with a walk and seven strikeouts. Ty Marlow worked two scoreless innings with two fanned batters to earn his second save as the Wildcats struck out 10 times.
“We didn’t compete very well until the fourth inning,” Hill said. “We got into compete-mode in the fifth inning and had opportunities, but we couldn’t cash in or at least put ourselves in a spot to be one hit away.”
Jacob Felts and Erich Weiss each had two hits to lead Texas as Weiss had a two-out RBI single in the third and a run-scoring double in the seventh that put the game away.
The Wildcats were led by three players with two-hit games in Tanner Witt, Mitch Meyer and Lance Miles. Miles led off the third inning with an infield single, and he singled and scored in the fifth. He earned the nod at third base in place of regular RJ Santigate, who was unavailable due to an illness.
K-State had multiple opportunities offensively throughout the game by putting the leadoff man on base seven times in nine innings. Witt hit a ground-rule double to lead off the ninth inning and with the tying run reaching the on-deck circle, Marlow forced two flyouts and a strikeout to finish off the game. The Wildcats stranded 11 runners in the game for the second straight day.
Matt Wivinis (6-2) took the loss by allowing four runs — one earned — on three hits with two walks in 2 2/3 innings.
Joe Flattery came out of the bullpen to keep K-State in the contest by tossing 3 2/3 innings, allowing an unearned run on four hits with no walks and four strikeouts.
The Wildcats conclude their series against Texas at 1 p.m. today.
K-STATE 3, TEXAS 2
Ross Kivett laced a two-out, two-run triple down the right-field line to give K-State a one-run lead and Jake Matthys tossed three scoreless innings as the Wildcats came back to defeat Texas, 3-2, Friday night.
With the Wildcats trailing 2-1, Jon Davis led off the eighth inning with a double into the left-center field gap against Texas starter Parker French. The Longhorns elected to bring in Travis Duke (4-1), who immediately struck out Santigate.
DeBord followed with a competitive at-bat as he walked on the ninth pitch he saw from Duke. The walk proved to be key as Kivett sprayed a 1-1 fastball into the right-field corner to give the Cats a 3-2 lead.
Matthys (7-0) struck out three batters in the eighth inning and worked around a two-out single, while fanning two more in the ninth, to pick up the victory.
A product of Spring Lake Park, Minn., Matthys lowered his ERA to 1.27 in a team-high 23 appearances, racking up 29 strikeouts in 35 1/3 innings.
Kivett’s triple was one of three for K-State in the game, which tied a season high. Shane Conlon went 2 for 3, while Santigate, who also had a triple, went 2 for 4. Meyer hit a sacrifice fly to score the game’s first run in the second inning and hit his fourth triple of the year in the fourth inning to tie Kivett for team-high honors.
Wildcat starter Levi MaVorhis was solid in his five innings of work, allowing two runs on five hits with no walks and a career-best four strikeouts. He surrendered a two-out RBI single to Jeremy Montalbano in the fifth inning and gave up a single to Weiss in the sixth, who eventually scored on a two-out single by Felts off Jared Moore.
The loss spoiled a solid start by French, who allowed only two runs on seven hits, while working around four walks with two strikeouts.