The Kansas State baseball team followed up a rough start with a crazy finish, all in the first inning, on the way to a 20-11 victory over Wichita State in the opening game of the Manhattan NCAA Regional.
Wichita State opened the game with a pair of quick runs in the first inning Friday at Tointon Family Stadium. But K-State answered back in a big way in the bottom half of the inning when the Wildcats scored nine runs on three Shocker pitchers — highlighting an inning that lasted 49 minutes.
It was K-State’s third win over the Shockers this season as the Wildcats advanced to play Bryant (45-16-1) on Saturday at 7 p.m., televised on ESPNU. Bryant upset Arkansas 4-1 on Friday. Joe Flattery (4-4, 4.04) will get the start Saturday for K-State.
Ross Kivett led the Wildcats with a 4-for-5 afternoon, hitting his second and third home runs of the season to finish four RBIs. Jon Davis was 2 for 3 with four RBIs of his own for the Wildcats, who pounded out 19 hits on the day and forced Wichita State to use seven different pitchers.
Austin Fisher, in his first game back after an injury caused him to miss last weekend’s Big 12 tournament, finished 3 for 4 with three RBIs.
K-State (42-17) scored at least two runs in five different innings Friday, as Jared Moore picked up the win for the Wildcats. Moore gave up two earned runs on four hits in 2 1/3 innings pitched, striking out four batters. Levi MaVoris started the game for K-State, but lasted just two innings after surrendering four runs on four hits with three walks and a hit batter.
Wichita State’s Cale Elam took the loss after giving up six runs on four hits and a walk in just 1/3 of an inning pitched. The Shockers were led by Johnny Coy and Casey Gillaspie, who combined to go 3 for 8 with six RBIs at the plate.
The Shockers (39-27) will play Arkansas (37-21) on Saturday at 2 p.m.