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Cats fail to complete comeback in No. 19 TCU on Friday

FORT WORTH, Texas – In his Big 12 opening at 7:00 p.m.the-ranked TCU on Friday night, K-State took the go-ahead run to the plate in the ninth inning, but was unable to complete the comeback as the Horned Frogs escaped with a 7-5 win in Game 1. the series at Lupton Stadium.

Trailing by five runs going into the night’s final frame, K-State (11-9, 0-1 Big 12) put up three runs in the top of the ninth. Jeff Heinrich gave up an RBI pinch-hit single before Nick Goodwin added a two-run, two-out single with the bases loaded, bringing the Wildcats within two runs.

Goodwin’s single came from TCU closer River Ridings, who inherited the bases-loaded jam. Ridings earned his team-leading seventh save after inducing a game-ending ground ball from cole johnsonwho represented the go-ahead race.

The Horned Frogs (16-5, 3-1 Big 12) scored five runs in the game’s first three innings as they capitalized on a season-high four walks from the K-State starter. blake adams. The four walks given by Adams, two in the first and two in the third, turned around to score.

“They set the tone early,” head coach pete hughes said. “We fought back, but credit to (TCU) they answered our two runs in the third inning. That deflates when we come back and we’re down one run and then they add two more. We let them use one of their weapons, which was the walk. , just out of character for Blake (Adams).

“We gave them some light runs, honestly. An interception error and a wild pitch scored a run. We left a lot of guys on base, and they got a big two-out hit and we didn’t. When not walking people and playing a good defense, you usually win the game. That’s basically what TCU did.”

After TCU scored three in the first, dylan phillips he delivered a two-out, two-run double in the top of the third to bring the Cats within a run. The Frogs responded in the home half of the inning with a two-out, two-RBI single by Kurtis Byrne.

Adams had his shortest start of the season, pitching five innings and scattering four hits and five runs allowed (four earned). Entering Friday ranking third in the Big 12 in strikeouts, the junior right-hander struck out just one and allowed one run to score on a wild pitch and throwing error on a botched pickoff attempt.

K-State’s deficit stood at three runs until the bottom of the seventh. TCU got an RBI double from David Bishop and a sacrifice fly from Tommy Sacco.

Bishop delivered the Horned Frogs’ only multi-hit game, going 2-for-4. Byrne led TCU with two RBIs.

painkillers blake corsentino and you ruhl each was responsible for one of the two runs in the seventh. Four K-State pitchers combined to deliver just two strikeouts against six walks.

In the top of the sixth, an infield single by Phillips and a walk by Goodwin gave the Cats two in and one out. After a nine-pitch at-bat, Orlando Salinas was walked with two outs to load the bases. However, TCU starter Riley Cornelio got out of the jam with a late inning strikeout.

Cornelio, the reigning Big 12 Pitcher of the Week, earned the victory after allowing two earned runs on five hits in six innings. He struck out five and walked three.

K-State outhit the Frogs (10-7) with a 4-2 extra-base lead. Four Cats recorded multiple hits, with two each of kaelen culpepperGoodwin, Dominic Johnson and Phillips.

Johnson extended his hitting streak to 15 games as it is the longest hitting streak by a Wildcat since the 2014 season. He has multiple hits in 10 of his last 11 games overall.

The Wildcats left 10 men on base and went 4-for-18 with runners on base.

Adams walked back-to-back in the bottom of the first, all of which came around to score. The first in a fielder’s pick from Gray Rodgers’ bat. The Frogs’ second run came on a wild pitch as Rodgers came in to score on an error on an interception attempt by Adams.

Phillips cut the deficit to one run with a two-out, two-run double in the top of the third, scoring Culpepper and Dominic Johnson.

The Frogs responded in the bottom half, recovering two runs on Byrne’s two-out single. Two walks by Adams in the inning turned around to score and push TCU’s lead to three runs.

In the top of the sixth, an infield single by Phillips and a walk by Goodwin gave the Cats two in and one out. After a nine-pitch at-bat, Salinas was walked with two outs to load the bases. However, Cornelio got off the hook with a late inning strikeout.

Heinrich hit a pinch-hit single in the top of the ninth, scoring Culpepper. Goodwin, with two outs and the bases loaded, singled up the middle to add two more and make it a two-run game, forcing TCU to bring in their closer in Rivers.

Rivers induced a game-ending groundout, stranding the tying runs on basepaths.


  • K-State scored five runs on 10 hits, made two errors and left 10 on base.
  • TCU scored seven runs on seven hits without making an error and stranded six runners.
  • Four Wildcats produced two-hit games.
  • Goodwin and Phillips each doubled and drove in two.
  • K-State had four extra-base hits, all doubles, to one by TCU.
  • Adams walked a season-high four batters in five innings, his shortest outing of the year.
  • All four of TCU’s batters walked by Adams turned around to score.
  • Four K-State pitchers struck out two while walking six.
  • The Cats went 4-for-18 with runners on and 3-for-12 with men in scoring position.
  • K-State scored four RBIs with two outs.
  • TCU was led by Bishop’s two hits, while Byrne drove in two.
  • Cornelio struck out five and walked three in six innings, allowing two earned runs.
  • Ridings earned his seventh save of the season.
  • The Frogs went 4-for-11 with runners in scoring position and 4-for-16 with runners on base.


  • TCU leads the all-time series 24-12 and is now 15-3 at home.
  • K-State is 0-2 against ranked opponents this season.
  • The teams have split the last 10 series matchups.
  • Hughes is 5-5 against the Horned Frogs as the Wildcats’ head coach.
  • Dominic Johnson took his hitting streak to 15 games, with multiple hits in 10 of his last 11 games.
  • Josh Nicoloff The 13-game hitting streak came to an end, but his on-base streak reached 15 games.
  • cole johnson He has a 13-game on-base streak.
  • The Wildcats have lost consecutive games for the first time since they started the season 0-5.


K-State and TCU continue the three-game series on Saturday at 2 p.m. The contest can be seen on Big 12 Now on ESPN+ and the ESPN App. Radio coverage can be heard on News Radio KMAN (93.3 FM, 1350 AM) with free live audio also available at

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