Sunflower Showdown - Kansas State at Kansas

Kansas State freshman outfielder Dylan Phillips (24) leads off from first base during the Sunflower Showdown game against Kansas at Hoglund Ballpark on Friday. Phillips hit three homers Sunday to bring his total to nine this season, the most by a freshman in K-State history. But the Jayhawks won both halves of Sunday’s doubleheader, giving them a three-game sweep of the Wildcats.

Kansas State baseball’s regular season ended in forgettable fashion in Lawrence on Sunday.

In-state rival Kansas won both games of a doubleheader, taking the first contest 9-6 and the second 6-4. That completed a three-game sweep for the Jayhawks, which also won 10-0 Friday.

“We gave up too many free baserunners (Sunday),” K-State head coach Pete Hughes said in a release. “That killed us. And they were a better two-out team, all three games. Usually the team that walks the fewest and makes the fewest errors and gets the most two-out hits, wins. That’s exactly what happened all three games.”

The Wildcats (25-31, 8-16 Big 12) hit four home runs in Game 1 Sunday, but it still wasn’t enough.

Trailing 7-2 entering the seventh inning, the Wildcats used homers from Chris Ceballos, Mason Crews and Dylan Phillips to draw within 7-6. But the Jayhawks scored two more runs in the bottom of the eighth to hold the Wildcats at bay.

K-State went 1-for-5 with runners in scoring position while KU ended the game 4-for-10.

In Sunday’s nightcap, K-State led three times throughout the course of the contest before falling 6-4, giving KU its first three-game sweep of K-State in Lawrence since 1994.

Cameron Thompson and Jordan Maxson gave the Wildcats a 1-0 lead in the first inning after back-to-back doubles. After Kansas tied the game with a run in the bottom of the first, Maxson hit a go-ahead solo home run — his first of the season — to edge K-State ahead 2-1. The Wildcats extended the advantage to 3-1 after Thompson scored on a wild pitch in the fifth inning.

But KU tied it again on a two-run homer from Jaxx Groshans in the bottom half of the fifth frame. K-State responded immediately, with Phillips launching another home run to put the visitors back on top 4-3.

The Jayhawks wouldn’t be denied, however, scoring the final three runs of the contest to win 6-4.

Phillips’ three homers Sunday gave him nine for the season, setting a K-State freshman record. It surpassed the previous mark set by Brian Culp (1990) and Todd Fereday (1994).

K-State now looks ahead to the Big 12 tournament, which begins Wednesday in Oklahoma City. The No. 8 seed, K-State takes on top-seeded Texas Tech at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark.

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