K-State sweeps KU; Big 12 Championship next

By Jelani Yancey

LAWRENCE — The Kansas State baseball team tallied multiple runs in four different innings and reached double-digits in scoring for the third-straight game Sunday as the Wildcats completed a sweep of Kansas, 10-6, at Hoglund Ballpark.

The victory propelled the Wildcats to the No. 6 spot in the Big 12 standings, as they finished the season with a 12-14 conference record and a 34-21 mark overall. K-State will face No. 3-seed Oklahoma in its first game of the Big 12 Championship beginning at 7:30 p.m., at RedHawks Field at Bricktown.

The 34 wins tied for the fourth-most in school history, and K-State’s 12 league victories are also the fourth-most since the inception of the conference in 1997.

K-State swept the Jayhawks for the third time in the last five years and has now won 15 of the last 18 games overall. The Wildcats also produced 34 runs in the series, the most since recording 43 in 1997.

Nick Martini and Dan Klein paced the Cats with three hits apiece. Ross Kivett, Jason King, Wade Hinkle and Tanner Witt each contributed two hits.

Justin Lindsey (5-1) earned the win in relief, allowing two runs on four hits in four innings of work. He gave up both runs in the fifth, but settled down to face just one batter over the minimum the next two innings before Gerardo Esquivel and Kayvon Bahramzadeh worked two scoreless frames to finish out the game.

Kansas took a 2-0 lead in the first on a home run by Zac Elgie, but Klein answered with a two-run inside-the-park homer in the second. Klein slapped the ball into the left-center field gap where KU outfielders Jimmy Waters and Tucker Tharp collided trying to make the catch. Klein raced around the bases to collect K-State’s first inside-the-park home run since 2005.

The Cats added five runs over the third and fourth innings to make the score 7-3. Hinkle singled home two runs in the third before a run-scoring hit by Witt, then Kent Urban doubled home a run in the fourth, followed by a sacrifice fly by King.

KU starter Colton Murray (3-4) was saddled with the loss, giving up seven runs on nine hits in four innings. The Jayhawks were paced offensively by Elgie, who was 3-for-4 with three RBIs.

K-State will face No. 3-seed Oklahoma in the conference championship for just the third time in school history and the second in the last two years when the two teams meet Wednesday night. The other two teams in K-State’s double-elimination division are No. 2-seed Texas A&M and No. 7-seed Texas Tech.









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