On Saturday afternoon at Hoglund Park in Lawrence, the Kansas Jayhawks built a 6-0 lead only to have the visiting Wildcats rally en route to a 9-6 win.
With the win, Kansas State inched closer to hosting a sub-regional in the NCAA tournament and a regular season title in the Big 12. The Wildcats improved to 36-15 and 13-7 in conference, while Kansas fell to 31-20 and 12-11 in conference.
Kansas jumped on the Wildcats with a five-run barrage in the third inning, moving ahead by six runs overall, thanks in large part to Alex DeLeon, who homered twice. The Wildcats slowly came back, scoring a run in the fourth inning off starter Wes Benjamin. Three more runs scored in the sixth, two of them un-earned. Jordan Piche, then took the mound for Kansas. Nobody has hit off the Jayhawks closer this year. Until today.
Piche, pitched three innings in the game, giving up five hits and five earned runs. Wildcats batter Austin Fisher and Mitch Meyer hammered two back-to-back home runs ending the game in the ninth.
Now the teams face-off tomorrow in the series finale. Frank Duncan takes the mound for the Jayhawks.
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