Wildcats earn bid to NCAA regional championship in Manhattan

Kansas State's Shane Conlon, left, and Ross Kivett, right, celebrate after Conlon scored against Bryant in the sixth inning of an NCAA college baseball regional game in Manhattan, Kan., Saturday, June 1, 2013. (AP Photo/Jeff Tuttle)

MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) – Jared King made a key diving catch and hit a two-run homer as Kansas State beat Bryant 7-1 on Saturday in an NCAA regional game.

King’s diving grab in center field with runners in scoring position to end the fifth inning preserved a 1-1 tie. In the top of the sixth, King hit a double with runners at the corners to push the Wildcats (43-17) ahead by two runs. King also scored on a passed ball to extend the lead to three, and K-State scored another run to lead by four after the inning.

Bryant (45-17-1) trailed after the Wildcats scored a run in the top of the first, but came back to tie it in the bottom of the inning on a groundout by John Mullen.

Joe Flattery (5-4) earned the win for Kansas State, while Bryant’s Craig Schlitter (10-4) took the loss.

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