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Wivinis, K-State advance to NCAA super regional

Downers Grove South grads Matt Wivinis, Kyle Engel make news on the diamond this spring

Published: Thursday, July 11, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT
(Photo provided by K-State Sports)
Downers Grove South graduate Matt Wivinis and his Kansas State teammates won the Big 12 Conference title and NCAA tournament regional this spring. Photo provided by K-State Sports.

Matt Wivinis (Downers Grove, Downers Grove South) and his Kansas State baseball teammates recently finished a memorable season. A sophomore this spring, Wivinis appeared in 21 games as a pitcher and made 14 starts. He finished the season with a 6-2 record and 4.72 ERA. He was second on the team in innings pitched (76.1) and third in strikeouts (50) as he and the Wildcats went 45-19 overall and 16-8 in the Big 12 Conference to bring home the title.

After the regular season, the Wildcats topped Wichita State, Bryant and Arkansas to win the NCAA Manhattan regional and advance to the NCAA super regional against Oregon State. K-State lost that series, 2-1, but Wivinis tossed a scoreless ninth inning to give the Wildcats a chance to rally in the series finale, which they lost, 4-3.

Early in the season, Wivinis tossed his first complete game at the college level March 9 in a 10-4 win over Cal-Poly. He needed just 91 pitches to earn the win.

Engel honored

Kyle Engel (Downers Grove, Downers Grove South) was a key player for the University of Chicago baseball team this spring. The sophomore was named to the American Baseball Coaches Association Division III All-Region second team after batting .366, leading the team with five home runs and 43 RBIs, ranking second on the squad with three triple and finishing third with 10 doubles.

Engel led the Cardinals with 13 multi-RBI games and added 15 multi-hit games to his resume. He was especially impressive against Monmouth on April 14, belting three home runs and eight RBIs in a 22-4 victory. He had a productive weekend April 6 and 7, going 8-for-14 with four doubles and nine RBIs in three games against Beloit and Robert Morris University-Springfield, which helped him earn University Athletic Association Hitter of the Week honors for the first week of April.

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