K-State Rallies, Falls Late against Baylor

OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. - Kansas State scored six runs in the fifth inning to erase a six-run deficit, but Baylor scored single runs the next three frames to drop the 25th-ranked Wildcats 11-8 Wednesday in the opening round ofthe 2010 Phillips 66 Big 12 Championship at Bricktown Ballpark.

Baylor improved to 32-21 and picked up its first win over the Wildcats this year after K-State swept the regular-season series in April. K-State, which fell to 35-19 on the season, dropped its opening game of the conference championship for the first time since 2007 and lost its first game against Baylor in the postseason tournament in four contests.

Baylor jumped to a 5-1 lead in the top of the second inning when the game was stopped by lightning and heavy rains, forcing a two hour, 54-minute delay.Once the game resumed, the Bears quickly padded their lead to 8-1 on a three-run homer by Landis Warein the third.

But the Cats begin chipping away. They pushed across a run in the fourth then exploded for six runs -- all with two outs -- to tie the game at 8-8 in the fifth inning.

Carter Jurica, Nick Martini and Daniel Dellasega strung together three straight singles off Shawn Tolleson to score a run. Kent Urban was then hit by a pitch to load the bases for Mike Kindel, who laced a two-run single into center field to pull K-State within three.Matt Giller and Chase Graskewicz followed with bases hitsto make the score 8-7.

The Bears brought in reliever Willie Kempf to face Jake Brown, whopulled a single through the right side of the infield to complete the comeback and tie the game.

Kansas State called on reliever Evan Marshall to begin the sixth inning. On Marshall's first pitch, Logan Vick, who hit a two-run homer in the second inning, hit his second of the game over the wall in right field to give Baylor the lead at 9-8.Baylor extended the margin with single runs in the seventh and eighth innings,while Kempf shut down K-State over the final three frames to seal the win.

"I thought Baylor really come out aggressively on us," head coach Brad Hill said. "They swung the bats extremely well. We were able to string together a lot of good at-bats in the fifth and competed really hard. There was no quit in there whatsoever."

Vick led the Bearsas he went 3-for-3 with three walks, three RBI and three runs scored. Cal Towey, Max Muncy and Raynor Campbell also added two hits.

Dellasega paced K-State offensively with a 3-for-4 day while driving in one run. Giller was 2-for-3 with two RBI, while Graskewicz registered his third multi-RBI game of the season by driving in two runs.

Kempf (8-2)picked up the win with a great relief effort. He worked 4.1 innings anddidn't allow another hit after Brown's game-tying single in the sixth. Kempf has won each of his last four decisions after taking the loss in the final game of the regular-season series against the Cats.

Marshall (5-5) was saddled with the loss, allowing three runs on four hits in 2.1 innings of work.

Kansas State resumes play at the 2010 Phillips 66 Big 12 Championship on Friday against in-state rival Kansas. First pitch between the Wildcats and Jayhawks is set for 3 p.m. Fans across the state of Kansas can hear the broadcast on the K-State Sports Network, while live streaming video is available for all games at www.big12sports.com.