MANHATTAN, KS (astateredwolves.com) – The Arkansas State baseball team allowed Kansas State to score six runs in the third inning and seven in the seventh inning as the Red Wolves handed out 14 walks in a 16-5 setback to the Wildcats Saturday afternoon at Tointon Family Stadium in Manhattan, Kan.
A-State (19-25) starter Adam Grantham only lasted two innings and allowed two runs (one earned) on just one hit, but he walked six and struck out three while throwing 68 pitches to take the loss. Coulton Lee threw 3.2 innings out of the pen and allowed six runs (one earned) on five hits as he walked four and only struck out one. Cody Jackson gave up six runs in an inning of work, while Bo Ritter got the final four outs of the game and gave up two runs (one earned) on three hits.
The 14 walks were a season-high by the A-State pitching staff with the next highest total coming in Friday's night win with 11. Offensively, A-State was led by Joe Schrimpf, Tanner Ring, and Lucas Feddersen with two hits apiece, while Zach George knocked in three runs as he extended his on-base streak to a nation-high 61 games. Every one of K-State's starters had a hit and Clayton Dalrymple drove in three runs.
A-State scored first on a bases-loaded walk by George in the top of the second, but couldn't do any more damage. The Wildcats tied the game on an error in the bottom half of the inning, but broke the 1-1 tie in the bottom of the third inning. The frame began with a walk by Grantham, who left the game after the free pass, and Dalrymple plated two runs on a single to right field later to make the score 3-1.
Kansas State added to the lead with a run on a throwing error on an attempted steal and a single to right field by Steve Serratore that made the score 6-1. The final run of the inning scored on a RBI double by Tyler Moore to put the score at 7-1, but A-State struck back quickly in the top of the fourth when George hit a two-out, two-run double off the right-field wall to cut the deficit to 7-3.
K-State added another run in the bottom of the fourth on a sacrifice fly, but A-State's Feddersen hit his first home run of the season in the top of the sixth to make the score 8-4. However, the Wildcats put things out of reach with a seven-run seventh inning that featured runs on a bases-loaded walk, infield single, and wild pitch with a two-run single and two-run double that put the tally at 15-4 in favor of KSU.
The Wildcats added a run in the eighth inning on another A-State error, its sixth of the ball game, before the visitors put together a small rally in the ninth. Matt Burgess singled to lead off the inning and Eric Wilcoxson was hit by a pitch in the next at-bat. Ty Michelotti grounded into a fielder's choice, but Daltan Lovell plated A-State's final run on a RBI single. Brett Andersen was hit by a pitch to extend the inning, but Feddersen flew out to end the game.
Nate Griep earned the win for K-State to improve to 4-2, while Grantham fell to 0-2 on the season.