The Kansas State baseball team had one of its shorter postgame huddles in the Brad Hill era, but it was for a reason.
The Wildcats were blanked by Nebraska 6-0 Tuesday night at Tointon Family Stadium.
The Cornhuskers (20-11) scored two runs in the top of the third inning and held that lead going into the sixth. But the former Big 12 rival added three more runs in the top of the seventh and another in the top of the ninth.
K-State (14-14) had no answers offensively and were out-hit by NU 10-4.
Hill, who is in his ninth year as the Wildcats’ head coach, said he had little to say to the team following the conclusion of the contest.
“(I told them) to get ready for practice tomorrow,” Hill, who nearly turned down media access, said.
Nebraska’s Tyler King got the win on the mound.
King started the game, pitching the first four innings before he was relieved by Tyler Niederklien. King allowed no runs, just one hit, two walks and had three strikeouts in his innings of service, while Niederklien threw the next three.
Sophomore left-hander Jared Moore got the start for K-State. Moore went 2 2/3 innings and gave up two runs on three hits with one walk and two strikeouts. Jake Doller followed, pitching 2 1/3 innings. Robert Youngdahl pitched the sixth and recorded the first out of the seventh, but he allowed three runs on four hits with a walk while striking out two in his time on the mound.
Johnny Fasola and Caleb Wallingford finished off the game for K-State.
Offense was the biggest struggle for the Wildcats.
Sophomore slugger Jared King — the team’s leading batter with a .394 batting average — went 0-for-4 Tuesday night. No K-State player registered multiple hits on the night.
Nebraska, on the other hand, had a strong evening from Michael Pritchard, Rich Sanguinetti and Kash Kalkowski. All three combed to go 6-for-12 with four RBIs and two runs scored. Pritchard was the top batter hitting 2-for-3.
“It wasn’t a very good game, period,” a dejected Hill said. “(Nebraska) just out-played us in every phase.
“It just wasn’t very competitive tonight. We hit a few balls hard early but they got caught. We didn’t make adjustments. Every ball we hit low and hard — which was just four times tonight — seemed to be hits. Everything else got elevated and we just didn’t compete very good.”
K-State will continue play at home this week with a three-game series against Sacred Heart, beginning Thursday at 6:30 p.m.
NEBRASKA 6, K-STATE 0
Nebraska 0 0 2 0 0 0 3 0 1 — 6 10 0
K-State 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 — 0 4 1
WP — King (1-0). LP — Moore (2-2).
2B — Nebraska 1 (Sanguinetti). 3B — Nebraska 1 (Farmer).