Selik, Thompson Power Jayhawks Past No. 24 Kansas State, 7-3
May 15, 2010
Manhattan, Kan. –
Senior Cameron Selik pitched eight strong innings to record his sixth victory of the season, while junior Tony Thompson collected three hits, including his fifth home run of the season as Kansas knocked off No. 24 Kansas State, 7-3 Saturday evening at Tointon Family Stadium.
The Jayhawks even the three-game series with K-State and improve to 30-20-1 overall and 11-11-1 in Big 12 play, while the Wildcats fall to 33-16 overall and 12-10 in conference play. The win was KU’s first in Manhattan since 2006.
Selik was the difference in the game. The senior right-handed pitcher went eight innings, allowing two runs on seven hits with eight strikeouts to match a career high. After allowing a leadoff single to Adam Muenster in the first inning, the righty retired nine of the next 11 hitters he faced, allowing Kansas to give him a lead.
Thompson got things started for KU in the fourth inning with a solo homer to left field, which broke a scoreless tie. He also collected an RBI single in the fifth to stretch the Jayhawk lead to 3-0.
The Jayhawks broke things open in the sixth as five straight hitters reached base including a leadoff triple by Casey Lytle and back-to-back doubles by Brett Lisher and Brandon Macias. Macias’ hit, a double down the left field line plated two runs and gave KU a 6-0 lead.
That was more than enough support for Selik, who allowed a solo home run to Carter Jurica and a sacrifice fly in his eight innings of work. He fired a season-high 120 pitches in the contest to earn his sixth victory of the season, and first since winning at Nebraska on April 17.
Kansas junior Brian Heere hit a solo homer in the ninth inning to extend his hitting streak to a career-best 15 games. Thompson led the offense with three hits, while Lisher chipped in two hits and scored two runs.
The Jayhawks picked up their first win of the season on artificial turf in seven tries.
After Big 12 action Saturday, the Jayhawks remain tied for fifth in the standings with Texas A&M, and are one win away from clinching a spot in the Big 12 Championship for the second-straight season.
KU will meet K-State in the rubber game of the three-game series Sunday at 2 p.m. at Tointon Family Stadium in Manhattan, Kan. The game can be seen live on Kansas 22/MetroSports (Channel 37 on Sunflower Cable).