LAWRENCE — During the past six months, Kansas State has won a share of the Big 12 championship in football and men’s basketball.
By RUSTIN DODD
The Kansas City Star
The Wildcats are now just one victory from the trifecta.
K-State sophomore Mitch Meyer had a career-high three RBIs as the Wildcats topped rival Kansas 7-3 and completed a three-game sweep on Sunday in the Sunflower Showdown.
Meyer, a graduate of Blue Valley, had homers in each of the first two games of the series and gave K-State at 4-1 lead on Sunday with a two-run triple in the third inning.
The Wildcats, 37-15 overall and 14-7 in Big 12, stayed atop the Big 12 standings, with a three-game home series against Oklahoma beginning at 6:30 p.m. Friday in Manhattan. The Wildcats need just one victory in three games to clinch at least a share of the title.
The simple math: Oklahoma, 36-16 and 12-9 in the Big 12, sits two games behind K-State and tied with West Virginia, 30-22 and 12-9, for second in the Big 12.
On Sunday, K-State freshman starter Blake McFadden earned the victory while allowing two earned runs in five innings.
“We did it a different way today,” K-State coach Brad Hill said after the game. “Blake came back after a shaky first inning, and he was really solid for us. He just gutted through it.”
Kansas dropped to 31-21 overall and 12-12 in the Big 12 after entering the weekend series with its Big 12 title hopes still intact.
KU senior shortstop Kevin Kuntz had two hits while extending his hitting streak to eight games, but starter Frank Duncan was nicked for four earned runs in three innings while taking the loss.
Now the Jayhawks will conclude the regular season with a road series at Utah, and they’ll need a strong performance at the Big 12 tournament in Oklahoma City to build on their postseason resume.