MANHATTAN, Kan. - True freshman Cris Tapia's pinch-hit single up the middle in the bottom of the ninth scored Josh Dent from second and broke a 12-12 tie as Kansas State rallied from a 10-2 deficit to defeat Texas Tech, 13-12, Sunday afternoon at Tointon Stadium. The win clinched the series for the Wildcats, who improved to 17-17 overall and 4-11 in Big 12 play, while Texas Tech fell to 24-13 and 6-8.
Down 10-2 in the bottom of the sixth, the Wildcats erupted for seven runs as Terry Blunt and Brandon Farr each drew walks. Jared Goedert followed with a triple to right-center to score both runners to make the score 10-4. After Steve Murphy drew a walk, Joe Roundy sent a Tanner McElroy slider over the wall in center to cut the margin to 10-7. The homer for Roundy was his second off McElroy in the series and his team-leading eighth of the season. Then, with two outs, Farr drew a bases loaded walk to score another run and Goedert followed with an RBI infield single to bring the Wildcats to within one at 10-9.
After Texas Tech upped the margin back to two at 11-9, the 'Cats plated one more in the seventh on an Eli Rumler sacrifice fly and then took a 12-11 lead in the eighth on a two-run homer to left center from Goedert. Goedert finished the afternoon 4-for-6 with five RBI and was a double away from hitting for the cycle.
The Red Raiders tied the game in the ninth off closer Bryan Peterson on an RBI-single from Patrick Smart. In the bottom of the ninth, Dent led off with a single through the left side and moved to second on a sacrifice from Rumler, setting up Tapia's walk-off, pinch-hit single.
Peterson earned the win to move to 2-0 on the season, while Texas Tech's Michael McGowan fell to 0-2 after giving up three runs over the final 2.1 innings. The Red Raiders used six pitchers on the afternoon and walked a season-high 14 Wildcats in the game.
The Wildcats grabbed an early 2-1 lead in the second as Dent drove in a run with a triple to right center and Rumler followed with a sacrifice fly to center to plate Dent. The Red Raiders went on to score multiple runs over the next four innings to take a 10-2 lead heading into the bottom of the sixth.
Starter Adam Cowart went 4.2 innings for the Wildcats and gave up seven runs on eight hits with four strikeouts. Chase Bayuk and Daniel Edwards combined for 3.1 innings before giving way to Peterson in the ninth.
For K-State, Goedert led the 14-hit attack with four hits, while Dent, Roundy and Brett Scott each had two hits. Terry Blunt was 1-for-2 and drew a career high four walks.
K-State takes its current two-game winning streak to Wichita this Tuesday for a mid-week tilt with Wichita State. First pitch is slated for 7 p.m. in Wichita in a game that will be televised in Kansas State on Cox Cable Channel 62.