For as soon as, Connor McCullough didn’t want to fret about his bullpen.
The redshirt freshman lasted seven innings on Saturday towards the #3 group within the nation, placing out seven, and formally left the hill with a six-run lead as Kansas State pounded Texas Tech 10-4 to take the deciding game of their three-game sequence at Tointon.
The Cats struck rapidly Saturday, getting a two-run homer from Nick Goodwin and a solo shot from Chris Ceballos to take a 3-0 lead within the backside of the primary. Tech obtained two again within the fourth on a Dillon Carter double, however Okay-State responded in an enormous means within the fifth. Ceballos drew a bases-loaded stroll, adopted by a Zach Kokoska groundout which plated a run. Then Cameron Thompson jacked a pitch into proper middle for a three-run shot, and the BatCats had an 8-2 lead.
A Cody Masters homer made it 8-4 within the high of the seventh, however Okay-State obtained these runs proper again within the backside half. Dylan Phillips homered to steer off the inning; with two outs, Thompson singled and stole second earlier than Cameron Uselton singled him dwelling.
After that, Eric Torres got here on and threw two innings of scoreless aid, placing out three and permitting just one hit. That clinched the win for Okay-State (15-11, 2-4) and eventually obtained McCullough (2-1, 3.58) his second win of the 12 months. Tech falls to 20-6, 3-3.
Tomorrow and Wednesday, the BatCats host Arkansas-Pine Bluff; these video games will air on ESPN+.
Austin Siegel walks you thru the big upset weekend in in the present day’s Sports activities Additional.
We’ve harped on Okay-State’s success at dwelling and painful highway report, and in the present day’s no exception. On Saturday at Physique First, the RacketCats confronted #44 Kansas within the Sunflower Showdown and — for the primary time since 2014 — came away with the win, a 4-3 affair clinched in a tense remaining singles match by sophomore Ioana Gheorgita. That match noticed a second-set tiebreak through which Gheorgita got here up quick earlier than taking the purpose over Tiffany LaGarde 7-5, 6-7 (1-7), 6-4. The match additionally noticed Maria Linares taking down ITA #102 Malkia Ngounoue in straight units, 6-4, 7-6 (7-1).
The win improves Okay-State to 7-7, 2-3 whereas Kansas drops to 7-8, 1-3. This coming weekend is large for the Wildcats as they host #9 Baylor on Friday and #2 Texas on Sunday.
Within the grand finals of the Sunshine State Invitational on Saturday, Okay-State’s 1v4 crew took the bronze medal. Though they completed behind Central Florida and Clemson, simply as they’d on Friday, they cruised to a 23-second lead over fourth-place Kansas. Outcomes weren’t so rosy for the opposite three Wildcat boats, because the 1v8 and 2v4 crews completed fifth and the 2v8 crew got here in sixth.
The boats can be again within the water this weekend in Tulsa because the Cats compete within the Tulsa Triangular towards the Golden Hurricane and Central Oklahoma.
On the St. Louis Publish-Dispatch, Dave Matter breaks down the Dajuan Gordon-Mark Smith “trade”.
Each Ryan Black on the Mercury and Kellis Robinett on the Eagle have observations from Okay-State’s open spring follow on Saturday, and many of the information seems good. The incoming transfers all appeared to have standout performances, and each Skylar Thompson and Will Howard seemed sharp underneath middle (Howard in scrimmage motion and Thompson in 7×7 drills). Robinett additionally reviews that we are able to anticipate to see a whole lot of 3-3-5 with Khalid Duke floating between rush finish and linebacker, which can be enjoyable to look at.
The one actual bummer information? Evidently Jake Rubley shouldn’t be solely no risk to Howard’s place as Thompson’s backup, he often is the fourth possibility. A part of this may most likely be ascribed to Rubley’s aborted senior season in highschool, however it seems that he’s clearly going to profit from a redshirt in 2021.