Kivett homers power Kansas State over Wichita State

Kansas State celebrates with Jared King after King scored against Wichita State in the first inning during an NCAA college regional baseball game in Manhattan, Kan., Friday, May 31, 2013. (AP Photo/Jeff Tuttle)

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MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) — Ross Kivett hit a pair of two-run homers and Kansas State used a nine-run first inning to cruise to a 20-11 victory over Wichita State in the opening game of an NCAA regional Friday.

The Shockers needed three pitchers to get out of the bottom of the first as the Wildcats (42-17) scored nine times on seven hits. The big inning included four run-scoring singles, two bases-loaded walks and a run scored on an error during a pickoff attempt.

Kivett finished with four hits and four RBIs, Jon Davis also drove in four runs and Tanner Witt went 4 for 5. Mitch Meyer and Austin Fisher each drove in three. The 20 runs were the most the Wildcats have scored in a regional game, and the most Wichita State (39-27) has allowed in a regional contest.

Jared Moore (4-0) earned the win, while Cale Elam (7-5) took the loss.

MANHATTAN, Kansas (AP) – John Mullen went 3 for 4 with two RBIs as Bryant of the Northeast Conference defeated the SEC’s Arkansas 4-1 in an NCAA regional Friday.

Kevin Brown hit an RBI single to break a 1-1 tie in the eighth inning, and Mullen followed with a run-scoring triple. Brian Anderson singled to put the Bulldogs (45-16-1) ahead by three runs.

Arkansas (37-21) scored its only run on a bases-loaded walk drawn by Jake Wise in the fifth inning, and was held to three hits by a group of three pitchers.

The Bulldogs tied the game in the sixth inning with an RBI single from Mullen. Brown also finished 3 for 4 in the win.

Salvatore Lisante (2-2) got the victory for Bryant, while Jalen Beeks (6-2) took the loss for the Razorbacks.
Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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