KU Sets Up Rubber Match with Saturday Win

MANHATTAN, Kan. - Kansas scored six runs over the middle innings and received a quality start from right-hander Cameron Selik as the Jayhawks dropped Kansas State, 7-3, to even up the three-game Big 12 Conference series Saturday evening at Tointon Family Stadium.

Kansas improved to 30-20-1 overall and 11-11-1 in Big 12 play, while K-State fell to 33-16 overall and 12-10 in league action.

Kansas broke open a scoreless game in the fourth inning off K-State starter Kyle Hunter (8-1) when Tony Thompson hit a solo home run before Chris Manship drove in a run to make the score 2-0.

Thompson came back with a RBI single in the fifth before the Jayhawks opened it up against Wildcat reliever Matt Applegate in the sixth. A triple, hit-by-pitch and fielder's choice scored one run before KU produced back-to-back doubles, including a two-RBI hit from Brandon Macias, to give the Jayhawks a 6-0 advantage.

Selik handcuffed K-State, allowing just two runs on seven hits in eight innings of work. Carter Jurica hit a solo home run in the sixth inning -- his second homer in as many games -- before a sacrifice fly by Kent Urban in the seventh produced the Cats' other run off the senior pitcher.

"Selik did a great job working both sides of the plate and getting in on our hitters," head coach Brad Hill said. "Then all of a sudden we're thinking in and he threw it away. That's what pitching is right there. It's pitching both sides of the plate and changing speeds. He did a good job of that. You have to give him a lot of credit."

Thompson went 3-for-5 with two RBI to lead Kansas offensively, while Brett Lisher added two hits and Macias drove in two runs.

Half of the Wildcats' eight hits came from Jurica and Nick Martini as each collected two hits. Mike Kindel added a solo home run in the bottom of the ninth, his fifth of the year.

Hunter was saddled with his first loss of the season. The left-hander, who was 4-0 at home against Big 12 opponents, allowed three runs on five hits with four strikeouts in five innings. It was just the second loss for the Cats in Hunter's 13 starts this season.

With an announced attendance of 2,296, Kansas State pushed its season total to 44,861, breaking the school record of 43,151 set last season.

The rubber match of the series is set for 2 p.m., Sunday at Tointon Family Stadium. The final game of the Sunflower Showdown will be televised on Cox Communication's Kansas 22, as well as the Kansas City area on MetroSports.