Wildcats win slugfest with Wichita State to open NCAA Regional

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)

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.

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