Manhattan, Kan. – In a game that saw three lead changes the Kansas State Wildcats held on to hand the Arkansas Razorbacks its first loss of the season with a 9-8 victory Friday night.The Razorbacks (10-1) left the tying run on third when the game ended. Clay Goodwin singled through the right side to open the ninth and moved to second on a wild pitch. Goodwin then moved to third on a passed ball with one out.
Kansas State (6-2) reliever Eric Rollins struck out Scott Hode and forced Kirk McConnell to ground out to second to end the game. Andrew Ehling (1-0) earned the win after going one and two-third innings in relief. Ehling allowed two runs, both earned, on four hits in notching his first win of the year.
Jay Sawatski (2-1) took the loss for Arkansas after allowing four runs, all earned, on five hits in two innings of relief work.
Arkansas wasted little time getting on the scoreboard. Haas Pratt gave the Hogs a 2-0 lead with his second home run of the season. Scott Bridges, who was hit by a pitch, scored on the dinger that sailed over the left field wall.
Following a single by Andrew Wishy, Clay Goodwin walked and Brett Hagedorn reached on an infield single to load the bases. Brady Toops then laced a single into left that scored Wishy and Goodwin and push the lead to 4-0.
Kansas State tied the score in the bottom of the fourth inning. Ryan Baldwin doubled to right-center to bring home Gabe Luttrell and Tim Doty to make it a 4-2 lead.
Baldwin moved to third on a single by Zack Saunders. Arkansas starter Jarrett Gardner then threw a wild pitch allowing Baldwin to score and Saunders to move to second.
With the score 4-3, Brett Williams singled to right to score Saunders and even the score at 4-4.
The Wildcats took the lead in the bottom of the fifth when Doty doubled off the wall in right-center to score Luttrell. The run gave Kansas State a 5-4 lead.
The Razorbacks regained the lead in the top of the sixth inning. Toops was hit by a pitch to begin the inning and moved to third on a double to right by McConnell.
Pinch-hitter Jason Pyle plated Toops and McConnell with a double to right-center to give the Hogs a 6-5 lead.
Kansas State tied the game again, this time with a run in the bottom of the sixth. Baldwin doubled and came in on a single to left by Marc Chabot.
The tie was short lived as Arkansas took the lead with a run in the seventh. Clay Goodwin singled and moved to third after a sacrifice bunt and a ground out. Hode then hit a bloop single that fell out of the second baseman’s glove to allow Goodwin to score.
Kansas State battled back to take a 9-7 lead in the bottom of the seventh, taking of advantage of an RBI single by Doty and a two-run double by Saunders.
Arkansas made it a 9-8 game when Wishy hit a hard liner off the first baseman to score Pyle.
The Razorbacks and Wildcats conclude their series in Manhattan with a 12:30 p.m. game Saturday.