Flattery leads K-State into regional finals

MANHATTAN, Kan. – St. Edmond graduate and former Iowa Central standout Joey Flattery pitched the top-seeded Kansas State baseball team to a 7-1 victory over No. 3 seed Bryant in a NCAA Div. I regional tournament game Saturday night at Tointon Family Stadium.

Flattery (5-4) worked the first five innings, allowing seven hits and one earned run. The southpaw walked one and fanned three, throwing 48 of his 74 pitches for strikes. Jake Matthys recorded the final seven outs for his eighth save of the year.

With the game all tied at 1-1 in the top of the sixth inning, the Wildcats (43-17 overall) plated four runs and never looked back.

Ross Kivett and Shane Conlon each contributed two hits for Big 12 regular-season conference champion Kansas State, which is hosting postseason play for the first time in school history. Jared King also drove in two, while Kivett scored twice.

KSU will now face the winner of either Bryant (45-17-1) or second-seeded Arkansas (38-21) tonight at 7 p.m. for a spot in next weekend’s NCAA Super Regionals. The Bulldogs and Razorbacks will square off in an elimination game this afternoon at 3 p.m.