For the first time in K-State baseball history, the Wildcats won a series against Baylor in Waco, Texas, defeating the Bears by a score of 6-3 Sunday.
The game got off to a rocky start for the Wildcats (20-22, 7-11) as junior Brandon Erickson took the mound for the first start of his K-State career.
Erickson ran into trouble early, and after allowing four-straight hits and two runs in the first inning, freshman reliever Bryce Ward took the mound to close out the first frame.
Ward kept the Bears at bay, throwing five-straight scoreless innings. Meanwhile, the K-State offense got on the board in the sixth inning with redshirt sophomore infielder Steve Serratore’s double scoring senior outfielder Max Brown to cut Baylor’s lead down to 2-1.
The Bears, however, would respond in the seventh inning with a run to make it 3-1 heading into the eighth inning.
There, K-State began their rally. Baylor walked two-straight K-State batters to start the inning. Junior catcher Tyler Moore then hit into a fielders choice to score senior infielder Carter Yagi.
After being hit by a pitch, K-State tied the game on freshman outfielder Sam Chadick’s walk that brought Moore home.
K-State finished Baylor off in the ninth inning, putting up three more runs on four hits. The win secured K-State’s first road conference series win since 2013.
K-State head coach Brad Hill recorded his 800th-career NCAA win, as his Wildcats topped Baylor in game two, 5-3.
The Wildcat bats could not be slowed down. K-State managed 15 hits, the most in a road game this season, and multi-hit games from five different players.
Junior Corey Fischer earned the win, coming on in relief of sophomore starter Nate Griep.
Mother Nature got in the way, but even she couldn’t prevent K-State from escaping a series-opening loss to the Bears, 4-1.
The game was postponed in the seventh inning due to rain with Baylor up 3-1.
Play was resumed Saturday afternoon prior to the the second game of the series. K-State did not record a hit in the final three innings.
K-State will hit the road once again for a midweek battle against Minnesota. The two-game series will begin on Tuesday.