WACO, Texas — Kansas State freshmen Levi MaVorhis and Jake Matthys combined for four scoreless innings and six strikeouts out of the bullpen, as the Wildcats defeated Baylor, 3-2, Thursday night at Baylor Ballpark.
The victory was just the fourth-ever by K-State in Waco as the Cats improved to 18-8 overall and 3-1 in Big 12 play.
Tonight, K-State will be looking for its first series win at Baylor and series victories in each of its first two Big 12 weekends for the first time. The Bears dropped to 11-15 overall and 1-2 in the Big 12.
With the game tied at two in the sixth inning, Cal Towey laced a leadoff triple down the right-field line against K-State starting pitcher Joe Flattery. The left-hander then hit Steve DalPorto, which would spell the end of Flattery’s night.
With runners on the corners and no outs, MaVorhis (3-0) came out of bullpen and struck out Jake Miller and Nate Goodwin before inducing an inning-ending groundout to keep the game tied.
The Wildcats offense used the momentum gained from MaVorhis the next half inning as Blair DeBord reached on a single. After being sacrificed over to second, Ross Kivett surprised the Baylor defense by laying down a bunt. Newly inserted Baylor reliever Crayton Bare threw the ball past DalPorto at first, allowing DeBord to score.
That’s all that MaVorhis needed, as he worked around a two-out single in the seventh and Matthys tossed scoreless eighth and ninth frames.
MaVorhis picked up his second win in as many games after earning the win Tuesday night against Nebraska. Matthys registered his second save of the year by striking out two batters in the eighth inning following a single and a sacrifice bunt, while he worked a perfect ninth inning.
Baylor starting pitcher Dillon Newman (3-2) was stuck with the tough-luck loss by allowing three runs, including the unearned run in the seventh, and working around nine hits with no walks and four strikeouts.
DeBord paced the Wildcats offensively by going 3 for 3 with an RBI. He tied his career high in hits and registered his ninth multi-hit game of the year, including his sixth in the last eight games.
Kivett, RJ Santigate and Jon Davis each tallied two-hit games.