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Cats finish sweep of Red Raiders

By Brady Bauman

The Kansas State baseball team completed its sweep of Texas Tech Sunday afternoon with a 12-2 run-ruled victory in Tointon Family Stadium. The game was called in favor of the Wildcats after K-State left the eighth inning with a 10-run advantage.

K-State improved its record to 23-10 overall and 6-3 in Big 12 play. Currently, the Wildcats have sole-possession of second place in the conference, ahead of Baylor and behind Oklahoma, which is 7-2.

The Red Raiders dropped to 17-17 and 4-8 in league play.

“It was a good week of baseball for us,” K-State coach Brad Hill said. “It was a good offensive weekend. Our nemesis has been trying to drive runs in. We did a much better job of that. We were very aggressive on the bases, which creates offense and better pitches for us to hit.”

K-State was efficient on the day and turned all but two of its 14 hits into runs. It wasn’t until the bottom of the fifth inning, though, that the Wildcats had strong footing and unleashed for six runs in that frame alone.

Before that, both teams were locked in a pitcher’s duel that saw a 1-1 tie.

Freshman right-hander Blake McFadden got the nod for K-State to start the game and tossed five complete innings, picking up his third win in four starts. He gave up just one run on five hits with three walks and two strikeouts.

“Blake did a good job,” Hill said of the Savannah, Mo., native. “He was throwing strikes. He had lead-off walks, but I thought he came back and avoided the big inning. He did not allow the big inning to happen, and that’s what’s important.”

Sophomore Nate Williams relieved his and pitched 1 1/3 innings, as freshman Levi MaVorhis finished the top of the seventh.

Jake Matthys, another freshman, pitched the eighth.

Offensively, K-State was led by sophomore first baseman Shane Conlon, who was 2 for 3 with three RBIs and three runs scored. His home run in the bottom of the eighth ended the game after his long ball plated two and pushed the Cats’ leads to 10.

Junior second baseman Ross Kivett had a double and sophomore designated hitter Mitch Meyer connected on a triple in the bottom of the fifth that triggered K-State’s six-run stanza.

Sophomore shortstop Austin Fisher, who was 2 for 4 with a double, said the bats are starting to find a groove.

For the weekend, K-State — the Big 12’s top hitting team — outhit the Red Raiders 45-27 and outscored Texas Tech 33-9 in the series.

“Everyone is a tough out in our lineup,” Fisher said. “Everybody battles and competes. There’s not one spot in the lineup where you can say, ‘Oh, I’m not sure if we’re gonna get it done right here.’ We always have confidence we’re going to get it done.

“We saw what the football team and basketball team did, and we’re trying to bring a Big 12 title home, too.”

K-State will continue play Tuesday night at Tointon Family Stadium — one of just six home games remaining this season for the Wildcats — as they face Wichita State at 6:30.


Texas Tech 0 1 0   0 0 0   1 0 —  2   9   1

K-State 1 0 0   0 6 0   3 2 —  12 14 0

WP — McFadden (3-1). LP — Taylor (2-4).

2B — Texas Tech (Burleson). K-State 2 (Kivett, Fisher). 3B — Texas Tech (Barrios). K-State (Meyer). HR — K-State (Conlon).

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