The Kansas baseball team’s season is still alive ... and all it took was five consecutive hits against the team’s biggest rival when the Jayhawks were down to their final out of the year.
Fifth-seeded KU, improbably, rallied from a three-run, extra-inning deficit to take a 15-14 victory over No. 8 seed Kansas State on the second day of the Big 12 Tournament in Oklahoma City.
K-State plated three in the top of the 11th to take a 14-11 lead before KU’s clutch finish.
After a groundout, KU had a runner on third with two outs when the craziness began. Skyler Messinger started with a single, then Dylan Ditzenberger, Casey Burnham and Jack Wagner all followed with singles, tying the score at 14-14.
James Cosentino followed with a deep drive off the wall in right center for a walkoff hit, which led to KU’s players streaming out of the dugout to mob him in celebration.
K-State, which was swept by KU last weekend in Lawrence, performed well against Jayhawks’ ace Ryan Zeferjahn, scoring nine runs off him (eight earned) in the first 5 2/3 innings.
At one point, K-State led 11-7; that was before KU struck back for three in the sixth and one in the seventh to force extra innings.
KU (32-25) will play another elimination game against top-seeded Texas Tech at 3:15 p.m. Friday.
K-State finishes its season 25-33.