The promotion on Friday night’s Kansas State baseball game was postgame fireworks.
Unfortunately, the Wildcats couldn’t create any of their own during the game. They couldn’t even get a spark.
Texas pitchers Dillon Peters and Morgan Cooper combined to keep the Wildcats hitless, allowing just six base runners on four walks and two hit batters as the Longhorns cruised to a 12-0 win.
And while Peters (6-3) and Cooper did their thing on the mound, the Texas (35-15, 12-10 Big 12) offense made it look easy at times, scoring seven of their first runs with two outs.
Peters went seven innings and allowed three walks and hit two batters while striking out seven. Cooper came on for the final two and had one walk and one strikeout.
“We hit about three or four balls hard, really all we got,” K-State coach Brad Hill said. “They kept pounding on us and we couldn’t manufacture anything offensively at all. (We) had a couple opportunities with a man on second and that’s all we had.
“I thought (Peters’) ability to throw in on our right handers was outstanding. He gave us a lot of fits last year too. Did the exact same thing to us last year.”
K-State’s (24-29, 4-18) best hit of the game came on the first out of the bottom of the ninth, as Clayton Dalrymple sent a ball flying high out towards the fence. But Texas’ Ben Johnson settled under it for the out, and two batters later, the no-hitter remained intact.
Hill said he was pulling for the ball to carry over the fence.
“I was hoping so for Clayton’s sake and our sake,” he said. “No body likes to be no-hit, that’s for sure.”
K-State held Texas scoreless through the first two innings before Brooks Marlow hit a two-out triple in the top of the third to get in position to score. Johnson would double to bring him across for the first run.
The Longhorns loaded the scoreboard with three runs in the fourth inning, starting with an RBI single from Madison Carter. Texas followed with two more RBI singles to go ahead 4-0.
Texas made in 7-0 after the fifth inning, scoring on two RBI singles and a balk, all with two outs. Tres Barrera hit a two-out RBI single in the sixth inning to push the Longhorns ahead 8-0. At that point, the Longhorns had scored seven of their runs with two outs.
“It’s kind of been our nemesis,” Hill said. “You go get two quick outs and next thing you know you can’t put anybody away. There’s things in baseball you just can’t do.”
Carter bombed a home run over the fence in left-center field on the first pitch of the ninth inning to put the Longhorns ahead, 9-0. A few batters latter, Kacy Clemens clobbered a three-run home run to put Texas ahead, 12-0.
K-State senior Ross Kivett got on base with a walk in the third inning and then stole second to break the school’s career record for stolen bases with 79.
Texas’ offense piled on 19 hits, and all nine players in the Longhorns’ lineup registered at least one hit, with seven having two or more and three finishing with three hits.
Jake Matthys made the rare Friday night start for the Wildcats, lasting just 3 2/3 innings and allowing four runs on seven hits with one walk and two strikeouts. Landon Busch allowed three runs in an inning of work, and Jordan Witcig allowed four runs on eight hits over 3 1/3 innings.
“We’re beat up, we’re limping home unfortunately,” Hill said. “There’s just not a lot of passion, energy out there to play. Clayton Dalrymple is out there playing hard, hustling, competing, just misses two hits for us. Guys, individually, have to check themselves and have a little passion about this, particularly those older guys. Only a few games left.”