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Wildcat baseball splits at Massive 12 event, upsets No. 8 Texas Tech

Sophomore Dom Johnson as much as bat in opposition to the Oklahoma State Cowboys on April 1, 2022. (Archive picture by Madison Riebel | Collegian Media Group)

Kansas State baseball began their quest for a Massive 12 event championship in opposition to the 2 seed and No. 8 Texas Tech Pink Raiders and misplaced 3-5. Then, Okay-State sparked curiosity by defeating West Virginia 8-5 and eliminating Texas Tech 6-5 in further innings however misplaced 3-4 to No. 22 Oklahoma.

The 2 Massive 12 event losses concluded the Wildcat’s season, however — very similar to this previous season — they went out with a bang, upsetting groups they have been swept by within the common season.

Essentially the most entertaining convention conflict was Friday evening by way of Saturday morning’s extra-innings battle in opposition to the Pink Raiders. The 11-inning truthful outlasted the clock previous midnight, however all eyes have been on the underdogs that decision themselves Wildcats.

Okay-State jumped on Massive 12 pitcher of the yr, Brandon Birdsell, early within the recreation with a Nick Goodwin house run on the primary pitch of the second inning. Following the solo-jack was a double from Cole Johnson, an infield single from Kaelen Culpepper, and a two-RBI single from OU-transfer and veteran catcher Justin Mitchell.

The three-run benefit lasted till the sixth inning, when the Pink Raiders retaliated in opposition to aid pitcher Blake Corsentino, including three runs to their one-run fourth inning. The go-ahead fourth run fell on Corsentino’s shoulders with a failed pickoff to first base, launching the ball down the right-field line.

The pricey error felt like a repeating nightmare for Wildcat followers, as three errors contributed to Texas Tech’s opening win in opposition to Okay-State on Wednesday night. Okay-State stored the primary matchup at arm’s size, however two unearned runs made the distinction in that recreation because the Wildcats fell 5-3, regardless of a three-run seventh inning effort.

This final result was totally different, however not earlier than drama arrived within the ninth inning with Texas Tech main 5-4. Okay-State outfielder Dom Johnson unintentionally collided with Pink Raider first baseman Hudson White, knocking White to the bottom. Johnson then turned in direction of second solely to be tagged out by White returning to first base, the place White stared Johnson down as they exchanged phrases.

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The drama resulted in Dom Johnson being ejected for making “obscene gestures” from the dugout, as the published commentators famous. Nonetheless, it solely added gas to the hearth, as Brady Day would later race house to pressure further innings.

Over the course of the seventh, eighth, ninth and tenth innings, freshman pitcher Ty Ruhl dominated, silencing Texas Tech with 4 strikeouts. The trouble gave means for Okay-State’s Josh Nicoloff to bunt Cole Johnson house on a go-ahead suicide squeeze play to place the Wildcats up 6-5.

All-American Dylan Phillips relieved Ruhl within the backside half of the inning and shut the door on Tech, hanging out White.

Beginning efforts from German Fajardo in opposition to Texas Tech (recreation three) and Blake Adams in opposition to West Virginia (recreation two) ignited Okay-State’s probabilities of their wins. Fajardo threw 5 innings and allowed two runs, hanging out six batters in Okay-State’s stunning upset.

Adams sat 9 Mountaineer batter’s down in 6.2 innings pitched. The Arkansas switch surrendered 4 runs, however the Wildcat’s offense provided sufficient run help to safe his sixth victory of the season, notching his season at 6-6.

On Thursday, Phillips and Dom Johnson led the offensive cost in opposition to West Virginia, scoring three runs (one Phillips, two Johnson) and scorching three RBIs. One in all Johnson’s two RBIs resulted in Okay-State’s first solo-bomb of the Massive 12 event.

Money Rugely additionally tallied two RBIs in Okay-State’s win over West Virginia — one thing Okay-State wanted extra of in opposition to No. 22 Oklahoma.

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The back-and-forth recreation in opposition to the Sooners devastated the Wildcats within the sixth inning when OU took the primary multi-run lead. OU took an early 1-0 however Okay-State took benefit of an error within the second to tie it up.

The Wildcats took a 2-1 lead on a Money Rugely single within the fifth inning, however the one-run lead wasn’t sustainable. Okay-State’s Griffin Hassall pitched 5 innings, hanging out 5 batters, however finally ran out of fuel and allowed three Sooner runs.

The Wildcats did scratch a 3rd run throughout on an RBI single from Mitchell, nevertheless it wasn’t sufficient to match OU’s 4. The Sooners held on and eradicated Okay-State.

Okay-State completed the season 29-29, successful 21 video games at house and simply six on the street, with two extra impartial web site wins. The squad’s extra notable wins got here in opposition to the Texas Longhorns, successful two out of three. Nonetheless, an 8-16 regular-season convention document gained’t qualify for the NCAA event.