Manhattan, Kan. – The Nebraska baseball team (14-10, 1-2 Big Ten) took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first, but then fell behind 8-1 through two innings and never was able to recover in a 12-6 loss to the Kansas State Wildcats (15-9) on Wednesday night at Tointon Stadium. The game ended a five-game road trip for the Huskers that started last Friday in Iowa City, Iowa.
The Wildcats outhit the Huskers, 16-13, and were led by Ross Kivett who hit for the cycle on the evening. Freshman Ryan Bolt carried the Huskers with a perfect 4-for-4 on the night, including his third triple of the season, while Blake Headley was 3-for-5 with three RBIs. KSU took advantage of a season-high four errors by the Huskers that resulted in four unearned runs.
Nebraska took advantage of a KSU error in the first to take a 1-0 lead. With Jake Placzek on second, who reached on a fielding error, Bolt came through with a two-out RBI single. The Wildcats dodged a bullet on the play though, while an error by left fielder Clayton Dalrymple allowed Boldt to move to second and Michael Pritchard to third, but Pritchard was tagged out on the play after he over ran third base and was unable to get back in time.
It didn’t take long for the Wildcats to even the score, as Kivett led off the bottom of the frame by launching a 2-0 pitch over the left-field wall for his his second home run of the season. KSU added a RBI single later in the inning to take a 2-1 lead, but freshman Ben Miller, who was making his first career start, got Mitch Meyer to line into a double play to end the inning.
Kansas State blew the game wide open in the second with six runs on six hits and a Husker error to take a 8-1 lead. Miller gave up back-to-back single to start the frame, then got an out on a sacrifice bunt, but exited two batters later when he gave up consecutive triples to Kivett and Shane Conlon. Jeff Chesnut took the mound and nearly got out of the inning without any other damage, but a two-out error by Kelly allowed two more runs to score.
Boldt came very close to picking up his first homer run as a Husker in the third, but had to settle for a triple when the ball hit the centerfield wall above the 400-foot sign. Headley stepped up and delivered an RBI single that plated Boldt, but the Huskers were unable to do anything else the rest of the inning, still trailing 9-2.
The Wildcats tacked on a pair of runs in the fifth and a run in the seventh to take a 12-2 lead before the Huskers snapped a four-inning scoreless streak with four runs in the ninth. Quinn McGill picked up his first career hit as Husker with an RBI triple and scored on a two-out RBI single by Kildow.
After playing five straight games on the road, the Huskers return to Hawks Field on Friday to host a three-game set against the UNLV Rebels. The series opens on Friday night at 6:35 p.m., continues on Saturday at 2:05 p.m. and wraps up on Sunday at 1:05 p.m., with the finale broadcast live on the Big Ten Network.