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K-State Baseball loses in Super Regional opener | K-State Sports

In the race for two wins and a trip to Omaha, the Kansas State baseball team lost the opening game of the Charlottesville Super Regional to Virginia 7-4.

It was the start of the second Super Regional in program history, but the Wildcats still have a tough time reaching their first College World Series.

Virginia, ranked No. 12 nationally, swept its home region to earn eligibility to host the Super Regional, while the unseeded Wildcats defeated No. 5 Arkansas in the Fayetteville Regional.

In the Super Starter game, the Wildcats struck first in front of a sold-out crowd at Disharoon Park. Centerfielder Brendan Jones hit the ball to center as the Cavalier in position lost it in the sun and hit a leadoff triple. Third baseman Jaden Parsons brought Jones home with a groundout for a 1-0 lead.

Shortstop Kaelen Culpepper continued his brilliant postseason at bat. The Fayetteville Regional MVP gave K-State a 3-0 lead with a two-run double to left field in the third inning.

K-State sent left-hander Owen Boerema to the mound, and the graduate student made it through 5 2/3 innings before giving up two baserunners to freshman Blake Dean as a reliever. Virginia hit a two-run double that brought both runners home and took its first lead, 4-3.

Boerema finished the game with four runs (two earned), seven hits, three walks and five strikeouts.

With the offense needing a boost of energy, first baseman David Bishop stepped up. The TCU transfer hit a solo hit over center field to tie the game at 4-4.

Despite the restart, the Cavaliers continued to test the K-State pitchers in the bottom of the seventh inning. Left-handed sidearm Cole Wisenbaker came in for Dean when a Virginia right-hander hit a three-run home run to give the hosts a 7-4 lead.

The Cavaliers relied on their left-handed starter Evan Blanco. The sophomore posted a record of 8-3, finishing seven innings with nine strikeouts and four runs.

K-State will rely on right-hander Jackson Wentworth for the second game on Saturday. First pitch is at 2 p.m. and the game will be broadcast on ESPNU. A possible third game is also on Sunday at 2 p.m.