In a game that included 25 hits and 9 runs, the scoring didn’t start until the top of the fifth inning, when Kansas shortstop David Narodowski led off with a homerun that landed in the leftfield bleachers to give Kansas a 1-0 advantage.
The Jayhawks stayed on top through the bottom of the inning, retiring the Wildcats in order, but Kansas State answered in the bottom of the sixth. Centerfielder Dane Yelovich led off with a deep fly ball that bounced over the wall in left center for a ground rule double, and designated hitter Adam Muenster followed with another double down the left field line to score Yelovich and even the score at 1-1.
Leftfielder Nick Martini then hit a hard ground ball off the glove of Kansas first baseman Preston Land, recording an RBI single to put Kansas State on top 2-1. The Wildcats added another run after Martini advanced to second on a wild pitch and infielder Jason King brought him in with a two-out single to right field, making the score 3-1.
The Kansas State lead did not last long, however, as the Jayhawks responded with their own three-run inning in the seventh.
KU opened the inning with a double to left from infielder Robby Price. Catcher Buck Afenir cut the Kansas State lead to 3-2 with a single to the left side to score Price. Third baseman Tony Thompson came to the plate next, loading the bases with a single to centerfield. James Stanfield added a single to score a pair of runs and put the Jayhawks back on top, 4-3.
After a pair of Kansas errors to start the inning, Jurica tied the game at 4-4, scoring Rob Vaughn with a single to left. Kansas State then retired the Jayhawks in order to reach the bottom of the eighth with the score still tied.
Down 5-4, Kansas had one more chance to catch the Wildcats in the top of the ninth, but could not move Thompson around the bases after his one-out single through the right side.
Kansas State pitcher James Allen earned the win, improving to 2-1 on the year, while Kansas’ Cameron Selik recorded the loss, moving him to 1-2.
Both teams continue pool play on Thursday, with Kansas taking on No. 1 Texas at 3 p.m. and Kansas State facing No. 8 Baylor at 7:30 p.m.