MANHATTAN, Kan. – The Wichita State baseball team dropped a 20-11 decision to No. 13 Kansas State in the first game of the Manhattan Regional. With the loss, the Shockers will play the loser of Arkansas/Bryant at 2 p.m. on Sat., June 1.
Johnny Coy went 2-for-4 with three RBI and two doubles, while Casey Gillaspie went 1-for-4 with three RBI and a double.
Starter Cale Elam took the loss as he got just one out and gave up six runs on four hits.
Tanner Dearman and Garrett Bayliff led off the top of the first with walks and moved to second and third on a ground ball by Tyler Baker. Dearman scored on a ground out from Casey Gillaspie and Bayliff scored on a double down the left field line from Johnny Coy to give the Shockers an early 2-0 lead.
KSU answered in the bottom of the first. Ross Kivett and Tanner Witt led off with singles and after a strikeout and a walk, Jon Davis singled through the right side to tie the game at two. The Wildcats added another run on an infield single and then made the score 4-2 after a Shocker error. KSU added five more runs to take a 9-2 lead after one inning.
Bayliff led off the third with a walk and moved to third on a double from Baker. Gillaspie doubled down the right field line to score both to cut the lead to 9-4.
The Wildcats used a two-out double from Mitch Meyer to tack on two more runs in the third and an RBI double from Austin Fisher in the fourth for a 12-4 lead.
After Bayliff reached on a strikeout and a wild pitch to lead off the fifth, Baker doubled to left-center and Coy doubled to right-center to cut the lead to 12-6.
KSU added a run in the fifth and the Shockers answered with an RBI double from Dearman in the sixth for a 13-7 KSU lead.
Ross Kivett’s 2-run home run and a Wildcats sacrifice fly made the score 16-7 after six and Kivett’s second two-run homer of the game in the seventh put KSU up 18-7.
A Wildcat error scored two Shocker runs in the eighth for an 18-9 score and KSU scored two more in the eighth for a 20-9 lead.
A two-run single for Cody Bobbit in the ninth made the final score 20-11.