On a day the Wildcats (39-16, 16-8) had 14 hits to Oklahoma’s seven, the Sooners proved to be tough to solve. K-State stranded 13 runners, and struggled on the mound as well, using seven different pitchers in the contest.
The title completed the trifecta of Big 12 championships in football, men’s basketball and baseball.
Converting on four of five penalty kicks to Junction City’s three, Manhattan ended the game with a 1-0 lead after the teams played 110 minutes of soccer
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.
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