Kansas State used an avalanche of runs to bury Missouri State 10-6. Scoring five runs in the third inning and four runs in the fourth inning, the BatCats built a 9-1 lead. Carter Yagi, Clayton Dalrymple, Shane Conlon and Danny Krause had two hits each and combined to score eight runs. The BatCats also drew a season-high nine walks.
Pitcher Colton Kalmus was still a bit shaky though. He retired nine in a row between the first and third innings before giving up three hits and two walks in the fifth, ultimately letting Missouri State score four runs off four hits and three walks. Levi MaVorhis then gave up two runs in the top of the ninth to help Missouri State cut the lead to four runs.
The series finale will be played today. First pitch is scheduled for 1 PM at Tointon, with Corey Fischer taking the mound.
On the final day of the NCAA Indoor Championships in Fayetteville, true freshman A'Keyla Mitchell shattered the school record and finished a strong 5th in the 200m event final. Running a blazing 22.96s race, Mitchell finished with the fastest time of any freshman in the field, and the fastest overall since 2008. She earned All-American honors for her effort, becoming only the second Wildcat athlete to achieve the feat since 1991 (Markeya Jones; 5th overall, 1991).
Joining Mitchell in the All-America circle were Christoff Bryan (14th) and Nate Gipson (11th) in the high jump, Erica Twiss (10th with 4,143 points; her season-best) in the pentathlon, Dani Winters (9th) in the shot put, and the 4x400m women's team (11th; Sonia Gaskin, Mitchell, Tia Gamble, Twiss).
On another note, Kansas State's Akela Jones was recently voted National Sports Personality of the Year by the National Sports Council in Barbados. She beat out hugely popular athletes for the honor, including hurdler Shane Braithwaite and cricketer Kraigg Braithwaite. (Petra Gooding, The Barbados Advocate).
That most wonderful time of the year, March Madness, is almost upon us. Today is Selection Sunday and just after 5 PM CT, you can start filling out your brackets. This year, you can do this with the abandon of fans who have no vested interest in the outcome, and if this makes me sound like a Kansas fan during bowl season, well, it is what it is.
Also, speaking of March Madness, there's an app for that.