On Friday night at Hoglund park in Lawrence, the Kansas State Wildcats defeated Kansas, 4-3. Kansas State built a 3-0 lead before the Jayhawks rallied and nearly knotted the game up in the ninth inning.
With the win, Kansas State improved to 35-15 overall and 12-7 in conference, while Kansas fell to 31-19 and 12-10 in the Big 12. The game was Kansas’s seventh straight conference outing with an one-run decision. For the season, this was the Jayhawks 19th one-run game.
Kansas State starting pitcher Levi MahVoris improved to 5-0 on the year, as he gave up one run and six hits over five innings of pitching. Jayhawks starting pitcher Thomas Taylor, lasted just over five innings on the mound, giving up three earned runs.
The visiting team scored an un-earned run in the second inning, followed by two more runs in the fifth inning. Kansas designated hitter Connor McKay then managed to get the Jayhawks on the board with a home-run. For the game, McKay hit for the cycle. McKay scored a run in the ninth inning to cut the Wildcats lead to one-run, but Kansas failed to get any more.
Wes Benjamin takes the mount today as Kansas faces the Wildcats in game two of the series.
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