MANHATTAN, Kan. – Kansas State scored nine first-inning runs to set the tone for the afternoon, while second baseman Ross Kivett hit a pair of home runs as the top-seeded Wildcats opened the 2013 NCAA Manhattan Regional with a 20-11 victory over No. 4-seed Wichita State Friday afternoon at Tointon Family Stadium.
K-State, which scored in every inning except the second, improved to 42-17 on the year and will face the winner of the evening session between No. 2-seed Arkansas and third-seeded Bryant at 7 p.m., Saturday evening. Wichita State fell to 39-27 on the year and will face the loser of Friday’s evening matchup in an elimination game at 2 p.m., Saturday afternoon.
Bryant 4 Arkansas 1
MANHATTAN, Kansas – Senior Kevin Brown (Northborough, Mass.) broke a 1-1 tie with an RBI single in the eighth inning and the third-seeded Bryant University baseball team went on to score three runs in the inning on its way to a stunning 4-1 victory over second-seeded Arkansas on Friday night in the first round of the Manhattan Regional at Tointon Family Stadium.
The victory is the first-ever Division I NCAA tournament victory for not only the Bulldogs (45-16-1) baseball team, but the Bryant University Athletics Department. Bryant now advances to play in the winner’s bracket final on Saturday night against top-seed and host Kansas State. First pitch is scheduled for 8:00 p.m. and can be seen live on ESPNU.
“I’m really pleased with our guys, they played a great game,” head coach Steve Owens said. “They gave a very complete effort and I’m just pleased that they were able to perform well and play nine innings of good baseball.”