The Associated Press
OKLAHOMA CITY — Tucker Tharp and Michael Suiter each had two hits and two RBIs, leading Kansas to a 7-2 victory over third-seeded West Virginia at the Big 12 tournament Thursday night.
The sixth-seeded Jayhawks (32-24) broke open a close game with five runs over the final three innings. Kevin Kuntz drove in a run on Kansas’ second squeeze of the game in the seventh, and Suiter’s RBI single made it 4-1. Tharp’s two-run double in the eighth stretched the lead to 6-2.
Michael Constantini had an RBI double in the second and Jacob Rice singled in a run in the eighth for West Virginia (31-26) in its Big 12 tournament debut.
Dan Dierdorff (4-8) gave up four runs on nine hits in seven innings for the Mountaineers.
Thomas Taylor (6-2) went 7 1-3 innings for the Jayhawks, giving up two runs on four hits.
Kansas St. 4, Texas Tech 3: Jared King and Jon Davis had run-scoring sacrifice flies and Lance Miles scored on a wild pitch during Kansas State’s three-run fourth inning, and the regular-season champion Wildcats beat Texas Tech 4-3 on Thursday at the Big 12 tournament.
King walked and scored on Davis’ groundout in the second inning, then the Wildcats (40-16) came right back after Eric Gutierrez hit a two-run home run to put Texas Tech (25-29) ahead in the top of the fourth.
Tanner Witt and pinch-hitter Kyle Speer each doubled during Kansas State’s response before Trey Masek’s wild pitch allowed Miles to score and make it 4-2.
Jarrard Poteete’s two-out RBI double in the sixth got Tech to 4-3, but the next 10 Red Raiders were retired in order.
Jake Matthys struck out four in two perfect innings to close it out and earn his seventh save. Blake McFadden (6-2) pitched 5 1-3 innings for the win.
SEC, Arkansas 4, LSU 1: HOOVER, Ala. — Arkansas scored the go-ahead run on a squeeze bunt by Tyler Spoon in the eighth inning and tacked on two more insurance runs in the ninth to beat LSU 4-1 at the Southeastern Conference tournament on Thursday.
Arkansas right-hander Ryne Stanek (9-2) earned the win, giving up just one unearned run on six hits over eight innings. LSU’s Aaron Nola was nearly as good, giving up one run in seven innings.
ACC, Virginia Tech 3, Florida State 2: DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — Mark Zagunis homered with one out in the bottom of the ninth inning to give Virginia Tech a 3-2 victory over Florida State in the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament Thursday.
Zagunis’ shot over the left field wall against reliever Gage Smith improved the sixth-seeded Hokies (37-19) to 2-0 in Pool B while dropping the second-seeded Seminoles (44-15) to 0-2 in Durham.