Manhattan, Kan. - A late offensive surge by host Kansas State in the opening game of a double-header on Saturday (March 14) afternoon proved to be too much for Butler to overcome, as the Wildcats scored a 14-2 decision. KSU then used eight quick runs in the first two innings of the finale to stop the Bulldogs in a 15-3 contest.
After spotting the host Wildcats single runs in the first two innings of the opener, Butler rallied back to tie the game at 2-2 with a pair of runs in the third.
Three-straight singles to open the inning by Griffin Richeson, Jason Jamerson and Bobby Mosser loaded the bases for the Bulldogs before Colin Ziegel worked a one-out RBI walk to cut the deficit in half. A sacrifice fly by Grant Fillipitch plated the tying run, but KSU earned an inning-ending strikeout to quell the threat.
The Wildcats regained the lead with a run in the fourth before scoring three runs in the sixth and four runs in each of the seventh and eighth frames to put the game away.
A five-run first inning by Kansas State would be all it would need in the finale, as the Wildcats took an 8-0 lead through two frames before the Bulldogs got on the board in the fourth on an RBI double by Mike Hoscheit.
It would be as close as the Bulldogs would get, however, as KSU earned one run back in their half of the fifth before plating five in the sixth to break the game open.
Butler closes out the four-game series at Kansas State on Sunday (March 15) when it plays a single game beginning at 2:00 p.m. ET.