CORVALLIS, Ore. — Kansas State right fielder Jon Davis was having a miserable game on Saturday on Oregon State — one so bad that it very well could have bled into Sunday’s Game 2.
Davis, a senior, struck out looking in the second inning.
Then, in the fourth, with runners on first and second and two outs, Davis struck out again. Oregon State’s Michael Conforto gave the Beavers a 2-0 lead in the fourth right after that, hitting a two-run home run.
Davis, was hit by a pitch in the sixth that brought home a run, but he struck out again in the eighth inning — this time with the bases loaded and K-State down 2-1.
Redemption came in the 10th inning when Davis, an honorable mention All-Big 12 pick, finally delivered, singling home Jared King to give the Wildcats their first lead of the game at 3-2 and then scoring to make the score 4-2.
Runs all count — Over the last two games, Kansas State has taken to scoring runs in a rather untraditional manner. The Wildcats brought home the winning and tying runs in their regional-clinching, 4-3 victory over Arkansas last Sunday thanks to two wild pitches, and they scored their first run against Oregon State on Saturday thanks to back-to-back hit batters in the sixth inning. The second hit batter, Jon Davis, came with the bases loaded.
Battle cry — Whenever K-State had a runner on first base against Oregon State on Saturday, fans around Goss Stadium screamed out a word — “Umpqua” — at the top of their lungs.
So, was it some sort of battle cry? A school tradition dating back to Goss’ first year of 1907?
During the regular season, Oregon State gives fans free Umpqua-brand ice cream when the Beavers turn a double play. The promotion isn’t in effect during the postseason, but old habits die hard.
Draft update for Wildcats -- K-State had another of its players drafted on Saturday, with sophomore first baseman Shane Conlon going to the Kansas City Royals in the 21st round. Conlon, an All-Big 12 selection, leads the Wildcats with seven home runs.
K-State had a recruit also go off the board on Saturday, with Shawnee Heights left-handed pitcher Jordan Floyd going to the New York Yankees in the 25th round,.
More familiar than you think -- For two teams separated by half the country, K-State and Oregon State have played more than you might think. Saturday’s game was the seventh meeting between the two teams, but the first time they’ve played on either one’s home field. K-State now leads the overall series against the Beavers 4-3 after Saturday’s win. Oregon State dropped to 14-18 all-time against the Big 12 and 1-5 in postseason play.
Bring ’em out -- Oregon State sold out Goss Stadium for the super regional within 90 minutes after tickets were made available on Wednesday, and the crowd for Saturday’s super regional opener was one of the biggest in school history at 3,574.
This comes after the Beavers drew the previous largest crowd in school history while hosting last week’s NCAA regional in Corvallis, packing 3,535 in against California-Santa Barbara. That same regional also drew the fourth-largest crowd against Texas A&M (3,362) and sixth-largest crowd against Texas-San Antonio (3,222).