Thrilling Sixth Inning Secures Victory for Cats

Despite a close first five innings that saw the lead change on three occasions, it wasn't until the sixth inning that the Wildcats took the lead and never looked back.
"Today was good," said Wildcat head coach Brad Hill after the game. "We swung the bats well, and I thought there were some well-hit balls."
K-State opened the bottom of the sixth with four consecutive singles from Max Brown, Taylor Anderson, Clayton Dalrymple and Jake Wodtke. With one run already in and two runners in scoring position, Carter Yagi stepped up to the plate and slammed a triple into right-center field to clear the bases. A sacrifice fly from Tyler Wolfe was enough to bring Yagi in for an additional run, and, only adding to the excitement, the sac fly was followed by a Tyler Moore home run - his team-best fourth of the year - for the sixth run of the inning for the Bat Cats. 
"We knew we were going to score a lot of runs today," said Moore after the game. "It was a great day to hit. It definitely helps a lot when the wind is blowing out at 14 miles per hour." 
Junior Brandon Erickson was forced to relieve freshman Bryce Ward in the fourth, and went on to throw 2 2/3 innings to earn his third win of the season. 
"Brandon Erikson came in and did an outstanding job of stopping (the fourth) inning," said Hill. "The best thing the pitchers did today was you only saw ones up on the board. We never let Arkansas State have a big inning, and that kind of gave us leverage most of the day."
Overall, the Wildcats outhit A-State, 15-13, and were led on the offense by Moore and Brown, who each went 3-for-5. 
"I think this (series) gives us a lot of confidence," sad Moore. "We had 15 hits today and 10-plus hits (Saturday), so it's just a big confidence builder for us. Our offense has been off and on lately, but I think this will get us going." 
After a trip to Eck Stadium to take on Wichita State at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday evening, K-State returns to Tointon Family Stadium next Friday to begin a key three-game weekend series against Oklahoma.
"We really want to show our full potential this weekend," said Moore when asked about the weekend series against the Sooners. "I think we've shown glimpses of it this year, but we haven't completely played together as a team for a full series yet. TCU was close, but we really want to play to our fullest potential."
For a full recap, photos, the box score and more on yesterday's game, please click here.
TRACK AND FIELD EXCELS IN WINDY CONDITIONS AT ROCK CHALK CLASSIC
K-State Track and Field notched solid efforts on both the track and in the field for a strong overall performance at the Rock Chalk Classic in Lawrence, Kansas. Taking advantage of blustery conditions at the Jayhawks' Rock Chalk Park on Saturday, the Wildcats combined for 29 top-five finishes, including eight victories and three top-10 program marks.
To continue reading how the Wildcats fared in Lawrence this weekend, please click here
KU EDGES K-STATE ROWING IN SUNFLOWER SHOWDOWN
The 18th annual rowing edition of the Sunflower Showdown came down to the wire, with Kansas edging out K-State, 14-9, on Wyandotte County Lake in Kansas City, Kansas. Competing in six races on the day - 1st Varsity 8, 2nd Varsity 8, 3rd Varsity 8, 1st Varsity 4, 2nd Varsity 4, 3rd Varsity 4  - the Wildcats and Jayhawks traded punches, eventually leading to Kansas taking the deciding duel between 1V8s by less than a half-second.
To continue reading about Saturday's races and the Wildcat rowing squad, please click here
 

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