MANHATTAN, Kan. Playing a ranked opponent for the first time at the Division I level, the University of North Dakota baseball team fell to No. 21 Kansas State, 10-2, on Tuesday at Tointon Stadium.
The Sioux (10-24) were within two runs after seven innings of play, but the Wildcats were able to secure the win with a six-run frame in the eighth inning. Kansas State (32-11-1) pounded out 15 hits, while UND was only able to manage six hits against four different Wildcat hurlers.
"We played well tonight, but gave up a big eighth inning there towards the end that really hurt our chances," UND head coach Jeff Dodson said. "David Spies pitched great out of the pen to keep us in it. Give them credit though, that is the best team we have faced all year and they are deserving of their spots in the polls."
After a scoreless first, K-State tallied a run in the second to claim a 1-0 advantage. Third baseman Justin Bloxom extended the home team’s lead to 3-0 in the third with a two-run homer off UND reliever David Spies (Grand Forks, N.D.).
Spies settled down after the Bloxom homer, allowing only an unearned over the next four innings to keep the Sioux within striking distance. His four innings of work were a season-high as he struckout a pair of Wildcats in the contest.
UND scratched across a run in the fourth off K-State starter Kyle Hunter. First baseman Jake Magner (Grand Rapids, Minn.) reached base on a walk and would score on a RBI-single by Aaron Cook (Erskine, Minn.).
The Sioux pulled to within a run in the fifth when David Ross (Brooklyn Park, Minn.) scored on a RBI-ground out off the bat of Andrew Sadler (Grand Forks, N.D.).
The Wildcats took advantage of a Sioux error in the seventh to push across a run and take a two-run lead back at 4-2.
K-State delivered the knockout blow in the eighth, plating six runs to put the game out of reach.
Magner extended his hitting streak to six games with a pair of singles. It was his 16th-multiple hit game of the season.
The Sioux conclude their two-game series with Kansas State on Wednesday with first pitch set for 6:30 p.m.