Manhattan managed just four hits on the day, two of which came in the first inning. Lawrence had two hits and just two baserunners, with de Noble not walking or hitting any batters and the Manhattan defense playing well.
The Indians (12-4) scored a pair of goals in the first five minutes and kept pouring it on, leading 5-0 at halftime and ending the game with an 8-0, shutout victory.
The most fitting tribute of all came from a student Gittle spoke to in the process of planning this final musical event. According to Gittle, the student said this of Easterday, “I wasn’t his best student, but I wanted to be.”
The bigger the stage, the bigger Kynard shows up, and his three Big 12 outdoor titles and NCAA championships are show that. There was one thing missing though.
Manhattan (11-9) took Game 1 in dominating fashion, 11-1, before coming back in the second game and winning 9-4 to enter the playoffs on a four-game winning streak.
Surviving a 25-percent city funding reduction, Arts In The Park will return for its 2013 season May 31 with a variety of performers.
For 40 games this season, the Kansas State baseball team was the top hitting team in college baseball.
Breckin Cubie, 16, recently received his second service dog, a 3 1/2-year-old yellow Labrador retriever named Oceana, from KSDS Inc., a non-profit organization that trains dogs for individuals with disabilities.
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