K-State defeats Arkansas for Regional title

By Joel Jellison

Kansas State scored two runs on a pair of wild pitches in the same at-bat in the seventh inning to edge Arkansas 4-3 Sunday night in an NCAA Regional championship game at Tointon Family Stadium.

It’s the first regional title for K-State (44-17) in school history, as the Wildcats will now face Oregon State in Corvallis later this week.

Arkansas pitcher Jalen Beeks threw a wild pitch on the second pitch of an attempted intentional walk to K-State’s Jared King in the seventh, allowing Ross Kivett to score from third. Two pitches later, on ball four, Beeks’ second wild pitch allowed Tanner Witt to score from third and give the Wildcats their first lead of the game.

The Razorbacks (39-22) led 3-0 after the first inning, using a two-run single from Brian Anderson and an RBI hit from Matt Vinson to score the runs.

K-State plated two runs in fourth inning on an RBI single and a sac fly.

Gerardo Esquivel (2-2) got the win for the Wildcats, while Michael Gunn (1-1) was charged with the loss. Jake Matthys earned his ninth save of the season with two innings of work. Shane Conlon led the Wildcats at the plate, going 2 for 4.

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