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2013 Corvallis Super Regional: Wildcats scratch past Oregon State in Opener

KStateHuddleFeaturedCORVALLIS, Ore. – Kansas State made No. 3 national seed Oregon State’s pitchers work for every out.

The Wildcats took pitches, fouled pitches off and denied OSU anything resembling an easy inning for most of Saturday’s opener of the Corvallis Super Regional.

That was a sure recipe to force Matt Boyd’s pitch count up until the Beavers senior finally left the game after seven complete innings, a season-high 123 pitches and a 2-1 lead.

“There were some competitive at-bats,” K-State coach Brad Hill said. “I think of RJ Santigate, lefty on lefty, Austin Fisher, lefty on lefty, just fouling pitch after pitch off. Those were at bats that wear you down. If we are up there not competing very hard, he cruises through nine innings today in 120 pitches.”

There was no cruising for Boyd or the Beavers. And when their bullpen failed, they wound up taking a disappointing 6-2 loss. It’s the second loss at home in a Super Regional in Oregon State history. The Beavers came back to win that other regional against USC in 2005. They are now 18-2 at Goss Stadium in the postseason.

For the Wildcats (45-17), it’s their first Super Regional win in their first appearance.

Still, Oregon State was – after reliever Scott Schultz gave up a hit and was up in the zone and Max Engelbrekt left after an out, two walks and the onset of back spasms in the eighth – one pitch away from a 2-1 victory.

Sophomore Jace Fry, making his fourth appearance of the season, got the Beavers out of a bases-loaded jam in the eighth, but surrendered back-to-back two-out hits in the ninth before finishing the inning.

Ross Kivett got the Wildcats started with a double and reached third on an error. He scored when Tanner Witt singled to center.

“When it got to 3-2 I wanted to put a good swing on it,” Kivett said. “I really wasn’t trying to do too much.”

Said Witt: “Our thought and our approach to the game is that we know we are going to score and we know we are going to get runs. The first guy (Boyd) had us. He was confusing us. He could pitch inside, he could pitch away. He had all the stuff, but in the dugout it feels like we are going to score.”

In his longest stint since Tommy John surgery last June, Fry threw 36 pitches in 1 2/3 innings and took the loss, allowing three runs, two in the 10th after the Beavers failed to do anything in the ninth.

All of OSU’s runs came on a Michael Conforto homer to right field.

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    Kansas State and Oregon State take in the National Anthem
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    Kansas State players in a pre-game prayer huddle
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    Umpires and Oregon State coaches and players listen to the National Anthem
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    OSU starter Matt Boyd allowed one run in seven innings, scattering five hits.
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    Pre-game tailgating was in full-swing beyond the outfield fence.
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    K-State starter Joe Flattery lasted five innings, allowing a two-run homer to Michael Conforto in the fourth.
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    Tyler Smith and Andy Peterson run off the field after the Wildcats' Austin Fisher was caught stealing in the second inning.
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    Matt Boyd flips a sacrifice bunt to first for the out in the third inning.
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    Austin Fisher holds the tag out for Jake Rodriguez in OSU's half of the third inning.
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    Jake Rodriguez slides past the bag after the tag from Austin Fisher.
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    Andy Peterson (14) and Dylan Davis (10) greet Michael Conforto after he belted a two-run homer to right field in the fourth. They were the only runs the Beavers would score.
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    Matt Boyd delivers one of 123 pitches in his seven-inning stint that featured two walks, three strike outs and two hit batters.
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    Matt Boyd takes exception to K-State catcher Blair DeBord's behavior at the end of a pick-off run-down between first and second. DeBord chested into Boyd and the tag.
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    First base umpire Jay Asher and OSU catcher Jake Rodriguez step up to intervene between Matt Boyd and Blair DeBord.
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    Kansas State coach Brad Hill does an in-game interview for an ESPN audience.
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    OSU fans line the top story of a parking structure across the street from the stadium for a view of the game.
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    Pitching coach Nate Yeskie (21) talks with the infield and Matt Boyd (31).
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    Kansas State coach Brad Hill made the move from starter Joe Flattery (32) to reliever Nate Williams in the sixth inning.
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    Plate umpire Scott Erby mops his face between innings.
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    Kansas State became more energized as the game got longer and the score held at 2-1.
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    Freshman Max Englebrekt walked two in a third of an inning.
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    Jake Rodriguez signals for the trainer, pitching coach Nate Yeskie and head coach Pat Casey after noticing something wrong with Max Englebrekt's delivery.
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    OSU's trainer checks over Max Engelbrekt, who left the game with back spasms.
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    Oregon State sophomore Jace Fry relieved Engelbrekt and shut down the Wildcats into the ninth.
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    Ben Wetzler greets Jace Fry at the end of the top of the eighth inning.
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    Tyler Smith (1) hugs first base after scampering back following a K-State overthrow.
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    Beavers left fielder Michael Conforto dives for a catch in the top of the ninth.
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    Michael Conforto flips the ball toward the infield after catching RJ Santigate's fly to open the ninth inning with an out.
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    Kansas State fans were a somber lot with two outs in the ninth.
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    The Wildcats went to rally caps in the top of the ninth.
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    Pat Casey reports the defensive substitution of Jeff Hendrix for Max Gordon in center field during the ninth inning.
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    One little Kansas State fan was glad to have a dry diaper as the Wildcats tied the game, then won it in the 10th inning.
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    K-State fans rejoice at the final out, a called third strike on Pac-12 Player of the Year Michael Conforto.
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    Closer Jake Matthys celebrates his ninth win with catcher Blair DeBord.
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Kansas State coach Brad Hill comments on the Wildcats’ 6-2 win over Oregon State

Oregon State coach Pat Casey and players Matt Boyd and Michael Conforto talk about the loss to Kansas State