Like they have all season, the Kansas State Wildcats found a way to win a tight game.
Top seeded K-State used three pitchers and made the most of six hits in a 4-3 win over Texas Tech on Thursday afternoon at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark in a first-round Big 12 Baseball Tournament pool play game.
The Wildcats (40-16) scored a run on an RBI ground out, a sacrifice fly and Jon Davis' two-run double.
Starter Blake McFadden (6-2) went 51/3 innings. Nate Williams protected a one-run lead. Jake Matthys threw two hitless innings for his seventh save.
“It's kind of how it's been going all year long,” said K-State coach Brad Hill. “We haven't had guys go out and give you seven or eight innings. It's been five or six (innings), and we piece it together with the bullpen.
“It would be great if Levi (MaVorhls) went out Friday and threw eight. He'll go as long as he can as hard as he can.”
After Texas Tech (25-29) scored two runs in the fourth to go up 2-1, the Wildcats answered with three in the bottom of the inning.
Kyle Speer had a key pinch-hit double to set up the rally. It's unusual to see a pinch-hitter that early in a game, especially for shortstop Austin Fisher, who hits fifth. Fisher, though, has been hampered by a nagging injury.
“He's just not healthy right now. He just couldn't go,” Hill said. “We decided to roll the dice there with Kyle. He put a good swing on it. It worked out in the end.”