Kansas State beat Kansas 4-3 on Friday night in Lawrence and moved into sole possession of first place in the Big 12 baseball standings.
Mitch Meyer went 2 for 5 and hit his fourth home run of the season for K-State, a blast on the first pitch of the sixth inning that gave the Wildcats a 4-1 lead. Meyer also scored the game’s first run, coming home on Austin Speer’s second-inning sacrifice fly. Tanner Witt singled in a run in the fifth, and Austin Fisher hit a sacrifice fly later in the inning.
KU sophomore Connor McKay hit for the cycle. His solo homer in the sixth inning made the score 4-2. He tripled leading off the bottom the ninth and scored on a groundout by Ka’lana Eldredge to pull the Jayhawks within one.
K-State freshmen Levi MaVorhis and Jake Matthys combined to pitch 8 1/3 innings.
The series continues at 2 p.m. Saturday.
K-State began the day in a three-way tie for the conference lead with Oklahoma and West Virginia. OU lost to Oklahoma Sate on Friday, and West Virginia was rained out.
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W — MaVorhis (5-0). L — Taylor (5-2). Save — Matthys (5). HR — KSU: Meyer; KU: McKay.
KSU batting: Kivett 1-4, Witt 1-4, Conlon 3-5, King 1-3, Fisher 1-4, Davis 1-4, Meyer 2-5, DeBord 0-1, Bee 0-3, Speer 0-1.
KU batting: Protacio 1-5, Kuntz 3-5, Suiter 1-4, DeLeon 1-4, Dreiling 0-3, Smith 0-3, McKay 4-4, Eldredge 0-3, Tharp 1-4.
KSU pitching: MaVorhis 5 1/3-1, Moore 2/3-1, Matthys 3-1.
KU pitching: Taylor 5 1/3-3, Kahana 2 2/3-0, Mustain 1-0.