Monthly Archives: June 2013

Kansas State will start Jake Matthys in Game 3 of super regional

Kansas State’s Jake Matthys on Saturday after beating Oregon State in Game 1 of an NCAA super regional in Corvallis, Ore. (TRAVIS HEYING/THE WICHITA EAGLE)

Kansas State assistant director of athletic communications Ryan Lackey just came over to press row a few minutes ago to tell us that K-State coach Brad Hill has decided to start Big 12 freshman of the year and All-Big 12 relief pitcher Jake Matthys (9-1, 9 saves, 1.88 ERA) in the deciding Game 3 of the Wildcats’ NCAA super regional against Oregon State at Goss Stadium in Corvallis, Ore.

This is interesting for a couple of reasons — first, because I think it was widely assumed Hill would hand the ball to Gerardo Esquivel, who got the regional-clinching win over Arkansas in Manhattan. Second, because it will be Matthys’ first start of the season.

What this means, though, is that if the Wildcats can somehow get 4-5 innings out of Matthys — his longest outing of the seasons have been 4.1 innings against Oklahoma State on April 21 (win) and 4,0 innings against Oklahoma on May 25 (loss) — then hand the ball to Esquivel … and whoever else they might need, they’ve probably got a shot. Oregon State will start lefty Ben Wetzler (8-1, 1.98 ERA), an All-Pac 12 selection.

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Can Kansas State do the unthinkable?

Kansas State’s Ross Kivett scores the tying run in the ninth inning on Saturday night in Corvallis, Ore. (Travis Heying/The Wichita Eagle)

Picked to finish seventh in the Big 12 preseason poll — out of just 9 teams — the Kansas State baseball team is on the verge of doing the unthinkable here in Corvallis, Ore.

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Super Regional Gameday – Kansas State vs. Oregon State

Kansas State coach Brad Hill before practice on Friday in Corvallis, Ore. (Travis Heying/The Wichita Eagle)

 

Greetings from Goss Stadium in Corvallis, Oregon, where Kansas State is about an hour away from taking on Oregon State in a best-of-3 NCAA super regional. It’s K-State’s first time in a super regional.

Yesterday was crazy busy for myself and Eagle photog Travis Heying as we hit Corvallis in the morning to talk with the Wildcats before they practiced at Goss, then booked it to Eugene for the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field championships, where we saw K-State’s Erik Kynard fall short in his bid to become a three-time NCAA outdoor high jump champion. .

Here’s some links from Kansas.com and our friends to get you ready for today’s game:

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Why Jared King is Kansas State’s best pro prospect

L-R: Ross Kivett, Jared King and Jon Davis (Bo Rader/The Wichita Eagle)

L-R: Ross Kivett, Jared King and Jon Davis (Bo Rader/The Wichita Eagle)

With the Major League Baseball draft beginning tomorrow and Kansas State playing in its first super regional starting Saturday at Oregon State, I thought we could take a look at what makes Kansas State junior center fielder Jared King the Wildcats’ top pro prospect. I talked to a couple of guys who know a few things about college baseball — Baseball America national college baseball writer Aaron Fitt and Rob Buska, host of The Bush Leagues on NBC Sports Radio, about King’s future. Fitt has been with Baseball America for nine years. Buska was the play-by-play man for Cal State Fullerton from 2001 to 2004, including College World Series trips in ’03 and ’04 including  a national championship game in ’04. He also spent a couple of years in our fair state as the Sports Director for the Western Kansas Broadcast center in Garden City.

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Sunday at the Manhattan Regional

L-R: Ross Kivett, Jared King and Jon Davis on Saturday night after King’s amazing catch in the fifth inning (Bo Rader/The Wichita Eagle)

Kansas State is one win away from advancing to a Super Regional for the first time in school history after defeating Bryant 7-1 last night in Manhattan. The Wildcats will play the Arkansas-Bryant winner (that game is going on right now) tonight at 7 p.m.

-Here’s my gamer from last night.

-Here’s notes from the Manhattan Regional from WSU beat writer Paul Suellentrop and myself. 

-Here’s a photo gallery from The Eagle’s Bo Rader out of last night’s K-State-Bryant game.

Kansas State freshman RHP Blake McFadden will get the start today – he’s 6-2 this season with a 4.04 ERA.  Kansas State has scored 27 runs in two games so offense hasn’t been a problem for the Cats so far — their pitching wasn’t great in the first game against Wichita State but was sharp last night against Bryant after starter Joe Flattery settled down. I think they need to get at least 5 good innings out of McFadden tonight and then their bullpen is more than capable of taking over. If they can get the ball in Jake Matthys’ hands for the last two innings with a lead that puts them in a pretty good spot.

Follow me on Twitter @t_adame for updates from tonight’s game.

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