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K-State baseball rallies from five runs down to beat Wichita State

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Tuesday, April 9, 2013, at 11:38 p.m.

McPherson at Wichita State

When: 6:30 p.m. Wednesday

Where: Eck Stadium

Records: MC 12-21, WSU 18-16

Radio: KNSS, 1330-AM

— Cold and rainy weather chased most of the fans away after a few innings Tuesday at Tointon Family Stadium, but those who stayed were treated to a thrilling ending.

Kansas State completed a come-from-behind victory over Wichita State, beating the Shockers 7-6 with Shane Conlon sliding across home plate after a passed ball with two outs in the ninth inning.

It was a wild conclusion to a strange game. Wichita State (18-16) was in control most of the way. It scored two runs in the first and built a 6-1 lead after seven innings. In the less-than-desirable conditions, the Shockers appeared to be on cruise control seemed behind pitchers Drew Palmer, who allowed two hits and one run before coming out in the fourth, and Albert Minnis.

But then things started to crumble apart in the eighth, and the Wildcats (23-10) took full advantage.

“It was a real Jekyll-and-Hyde tonight,” K-State coach Brad Hill said. “We didn’t come to play early and they exposed us. Then we give them a big inning. That’s not easy to come back from. A lot of teams will just lie down and let them have it tonight. We didn’t. That’s a lot of credit to our guys.”

K-State’s comeback started in the eighth with a string of quality at-bats. The Wildcats got men on base, and Wichita State pulled Minnis in favor of Aaron LaBrie. But that didn’t stop K-State’s surge. After scoring four runs, Austin Fisher tied things up at 6-6 with a double.

“We just had confidence in ourselves and never gave up,” Fisher said. “Everybody knew we could get it done and we could score that many runs. When you have that confidence you are going to come back and get hits.”

Wichita State failed to scored in the top of the ninth, then the Shockers ran into more trouble in the bottom of the inning, and LaBrie was pulled in favor of Brandon Peterson.

He managed to get two outs, but Jared King drove Conlon to third with a single. That brought Blair DeBord to the plate with first base open and the game on the line. After a lengthy at-bat, Peterson walked him, but the ball slipped past Tyler Baker on ball four and Conlon sped home for the victory.

Wichita State players and coaches were noticeably frustrated, and quickly boarded the team bus home.

The Wildcats, who have won six straight heading into a weekend series at Iowa, poured onto the field and celebrated.

“It always feels good to win a game like that,” DeBord said. “But it means a little more when you win against those guys. They are just like KU or Nebraska. You always want to beat them.”

Wichita Stateabrhbibbsoavg
Bobbit 2b421312.271
Bayliff rf311010.343
Kihle rf100000.242
Gillaspie 1b301020.313
Coy dh400100.276
Baker c300012.309
Harbutz ss401002.283
Mucha lf413000.282
Parker 3b410000.245
Haddox cf412001.357
Kansas State
Kivett 2b511003.381
Conlon 1b311012.333
Witt lf511001.358
King cf523100.339
DeBorg c313210.385
Santigate 3b400101.328
Davis rf411101.337
Fisher ss301101.322
Dalrymple dh200001.318
Goodwin dh100001.267

Wichita State2000004006
Kansas State0001000517

Two outs when winning run scored.

E — Fisher. DP — KSU. LOB — WSU 7, KSU 8. 2B — Bayliff (4), Mucha (6), Fisher (13). 3B — Bobbit (1), King (2). S — Dalrymple. SF — Coy. SB — Mucha (6), Harbutz (7), Haddox (5). CS — Santigate.

Wichita Stateiphrerbbsoera
LaBrie L,2-11432021.19
Kansas State
Matthys W,5-02200021.87

WP — Palmer, LaBrie, Dollar, Moore.. PB — Baker. HBP — Conlon, Fisher (by Minnis), DeBorg (by Palmer). Umpires — Greg Harmon, home; Kevin Raine, first; Charlie Clemons, second; Bob Homolka, third. T — 3:19. A — 1,131.

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