CORVALLIS, Ore. — Perhaps its destiny.
What else could describe Kansas State’s baseball team's latest comeback.
Down to their last out, the Wildcats pulled another rabbit out of their hat.
Ross Kivett, the Big 12’s Player of the Year, doubled into the alley in right-center field, advancing to third on an Oregon State error, and Tanner Witt followed with a game-tying RBI single in the ninth inning, sending Game 1 of the Wildcats’ NCAA Super Regional with the Beavers into extra innings at Goss Field.
Kansas State parlayed its late comeback into four runs in the top of the 10th for a 6-2 victory to move within one win of advancing to the College World Series in Omaha. Game 2 of the best-of-3 series is tonight at 9. It can be seen on ESPNU.
Jon Davis hit an RBI single to center field, scoring Jared King, who earlier doubled, with the first run. Pinch hitter Mitch Meyer singled home Davis to make it 4-2, and then Witt capped his onslaught with a two-run single, driving home Meyer and RJ Santiage for the four-run cushion.
Kansas State’s Jake Matthys (9-1), the conference’s freshman of the year, secured the win after pitching two scoreless innings, yielding two hits.
Before the Wildcats (45-17) staged their comeback, they were shut out the first five innings before Kivett scored their first run when Davis was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded.
Kansas State beat Arkansas 4-3 in the title game of the Manhattan Regional on a pair of wild pitches with the bases loaded. It toppled Oklahoma, 6-5, for the Big 12 regular-season championship after Witt scored on a passed ball.
— Mack McClure