MANHATTAN, Kan. – The 15th-ranked Arkansas baseball team eliminated Wichita State from the NCAA Tournament on Saturday afternoon with a 3-1 victory in the Manhattan Regional.
Arkansas improves to 38-21 on the season, while Wichita State ends its season with a 39-28 record. The Razorbacks will next play at 2:05 p.m. tomorrow against the loser of tonight’s game between No. 1 seed Kansas State and fourth-seed Bryant. Tomorrow’s game will be available on ESPN3.
Ryne Stanek earned the victory for Arkansas by throwing 7.1 innings of two-hit, one-run ball. Stanek improved to 10-2 this season and allowed one or fewer earned runs for the 13th time in his 16 starts, lowering his ERA to 1.39. Stanek’s ERA is the third-lowest in a single season in school history.
Kansas State 7 Bryant 1
MANHATTAN, Kan. – Kansas State centerfielder Jared King made a diving catch to save a pair of runs in the fifth and promptly hit a two-RBI double the next half-inning to break a 1-1 tie and spark the Wildcats to a 7-1 victory over Bryant Saturday in the winner’s bracket of the 2013 NCAA Manhattan Regional at Tointon Family Stadium.
The top-seeded Wildcats, who tied their single-season record for wins as they improved to 43-17, move to the championship round of the Manhattan Regional Sunday night at 7 p.m., and will face the winner of the Bryant vs. Arkansas game, which will be played at 2 p.m., Sunday afternoon. With the loss, the Bulldogs fell to 45-17-1.
With the game tied and two on and two out in the bottom of the fifth, Joe Flattery (5-4) threw a first-pitch fastball to Kevin Brown who hit a sinking line drive into the right-center field gap. King laid out for the ball and caught it a foot from the ground to end the inning and strand the two runners.