K-State Edges Baylor for Series Sweep

MANHATTAN, Kan. - Sophomore Justin Lindsey shut down Baylor for the first six innings before the K-State bullpen held off a late comeback as the 20th-ranked Wildcats completed a sweep over the Bears with a 3-2 victory Sunday afternoon at Tointon Family Stadium.

With the win, Kansas State moved to 26-8, improving its best start in school history. The Wildcats also earned their ninth conference win in 12 tries, tying it with the 1990 squad for the best conference mark through 12 league games.

Baylor, which had won eight of 10 games coming into the series, fell to 21-14 overall and 5-8 in Big 12 action.

The sweep was the first over the Bears since 2006 and the second conference sweep for the Wildcats this season, just the second time in Big 12 history K-State has swept two conference series in a year.

The Wildcat pitching staff kept Baylor in check all weekend as the Bears managed only six runs in the series, the lowest allowed by Kansas State in a three-game conference series since BU scored five times in 2006. Baylor scored its six runs on just 13 hits, the lowest allowed in a conference series in head coach Brad Hill's seven-year tenure.

Lindsey had the best outing of his career as the right-hander didn't allow an earned run in 6.1 innings. The Chandler, Ariz., product retired the side in order twice in his six complete frames and only three runners reached base in those innings on two walks and a fourth-inning single.

"We had some pretty good pitching performances this weekend," Hill said. "I thought Justin was outstanding. He did a great job of keeping Baylor off-balance. He had the fastball and changeup going. He did a great job of confusing them. We saw a lot of swings that were off-time. His big thing is that he threw more strikes today, so they had to respect the strike zone. When Justin makes the hitters respect the strike zone because he is all around it, then he is going to be successful."

The only run to score against Lindsey came in the seventh. With K-State leading 3-0, Lindsey allowed a leadoff base hit to Joey Hainsfurther before a passed ball moved him to second. After a fly out, K-State called on reliever Thomas Rooke, who gave up a base hit to Max Muncy to score the unearned run.

Greg Glime hit a leadoff homer off Rooke in the eighth to pull the Bears to within a run. But the junior left-hander settled down to retire the next three batters before Evan Marshall worked a scoreless ninth for his first save of the season.

K-State took the early lead in the game for the third-straight day. Jake Brown led off the third inning with a walk and moved to third when Adam Muenster singled. Carter Jurica laid down a suicide squeeze to score Brown before a Nick Martini double to right plated Muenster.

The Wildcats plated a big run in the sixth. Martini walked to lead off the inning and made his way to third on a sacrifice bunt and a ground out. The sophomore scored on a wild pitch from Baylor reliever Josh Turley to give the Cats a 3-0 lead.

Martini paced the Cats offensively with two hits and one RBI. The Wildcat center fielder has now recorded a hit in 32 of the team's 34 games this season, including 30 of the last 31 contests.

Freshman Blair DeBord added his second two-hit game of the series, going 2-for-3, while Jurica produced the other Wildcat RBI.

The Wildcats travel to Wichita to face in-state rival Wichita State on Tuesday. First pitch from Eck Stadium is set for 7 p.m.