Baseball falls just short at Kansas State
By HEATHER KENNEDY
MANHATTAN, Kan. – For the second game in a row, the Northern Colorado baseball team tied Kansas State in the hits department, but unfortunately they came up short in the runs column, losing 7-5 on Wednesday afternoon.
Both teams had 11 hits in the contest, but once again the defense for the Bears had some miscues, making two errors.
Coy also started on the hill, pitching 3.1 innings and fell to 0-3 on the season. He surrendered five earned runs on six hits, walking two and hitting one. Dan Talley pitched one inning, giving up one run on four hits with one strikeout, while junior Kevin Willman finished the remainder of the contest on the mound. Willman kept the Wildcats in check, giving up just one hit with one walk and two strikeouts.
For the second-straight game, the Bears struck first, scoring one run in the first inning, thanks in part to three walks. With one out, freshman Taylor Anderson walked and stole second. Coy walked and Park singled to plate Anderson. Schenk also walked, but the Bears left the bases loaded.
Kansas State scored three runs in the bottom half of the inning for the early 3-1 lead. In the second inning, both pitchers faced the minimum of three batters.
The Bears knotted the score in the top of the third with two runs. Anderson started things off again, this time with a double to right center. Coy followed with a double down the left field line as Anderson scored for the second time. Coy moved up 90 feet on a fly out by Park and scored on an aggressive play when Schenk grounded out to third base.
The Wildcats threatened and had runners on first and third in the bottom half of the third, but Coy was able to get Matt Giller to hit into a double play to end the danger.
In the bottom of the fourth, Kansas State scored four to take a 7-3 advantage.
In the top of the sixth, Eric Ferguson walked and stole second base. Sophomore Landon Moseley followed with a single to centerfield and then freshman Ryan Yamane was hit by a pitch. Anderson reached on a fielder's choice that scored Ferguson and Coy singled to plate Moseley but the Bears weren't able to drive home any more runs and dropped the game, 7-5.
The Bears now return home to host Houston Baptist for a four-game Great West Conference series. Friday's game at Jackson Field is scheduled to begin at 3 pm.