K-State Drops Finale, Series at Oklahoma




24-25 (6-12 Big 12)

24-23-1 (9-12 Big 12)

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
KST 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 X X 0 3 2
OU 0 5 4 0 0 3 X X X 12 13 0
W: Hansen (1-4) L: Fischer (2-4) S: ---
  • Time of Game: 2:20
  • First Pitch: 1:02 pm
  • Temperature: 75 F
  • Wind: S 15-20
  • Attendance: 905

NORMAN, Okla. – K-State yielded 13 hits, including six extra-base hits, and Oklahoma starting pitcher Alec Hansen carried a no-hitter into the sixth inning while striking out nine as the Wildcats lost to the Sooners, 12-0, on Sunday at L. Dale Mitchell Park in a run-rule, seven-inning game.

K-State (24-25, 6-12 Big 12) dropped the series in Norman despite winning the opener on Friday due to big innings by Oklahoma (24-23-1, 9-12 Big 12) in the early going of the finale. The Sooners scored five runs in the second and four in the third to open a 9-0 advantage before three in the sixth put the Wildcats up against the mercy rule.

Oklahoma notched eight of its 13 hits with two strikes while it was 8-for-21 with runners in scoring position. The Sooners also hit three home runs, with two of them coming in the five-run second. Cody Thomas hit a two-run homer off K-State starting pitcher Corey Fischer while two batters later, Blake Brewster hit his first home run of the season.

“It goes down to not finishing innings with runners in scoring position,” said K-State head coach Brad Hill. “Oklahoma was able to put up big innings. You go back to Friday (in K-State’s 9-3 win), and we were able to keep it to one run (in the first, second, and third), and it was a big difference. Today, we could not finish off batters or innings.”

K-State took until the sixth inning to record its first hit off Hansen, who earned his first win with six scoreless innings. Freshman Michael Smith laid down a bunt single in the first plate appearance of the sixth, and he then worked his way to third on a stolen base and balk. He was later thrown out at home on a groundball hit by Clayton Dalrymple against a drawn-in infield.

Tyler Wolfe added a single following Dalrymple’s fielder’s choice in the sixth, giving the senior five hits in the series.

Hansen walked just one batter, a free pass to Josh Ethier with two outs in third.

Jake Scudder added a double to start the seventh off Keaton Hernandez for the Wildcats’ third hit, their fewest in a game this season.

Although three of the four K-State pitchers allowed multiple runs, freshman Mitch Zubradt recorded a new career-high in strikeouts with six over his two scoreless innings pitched. He also only allowed one hit, a single to Austin O’Brien to start the fourth. Zubradt entered the game in the third, hitting a batter and striking out two among his first three faced, but one of K-State’s two errors prolonged the inning and allowed a pair of inherited runners to score. Wolfe committed the throwing error on a groundball hit by Steele Walker.

The third inning began with a double and infield single off Jordan Floyd before back-to-back RBI singles by Domenic DeRenzo and Blake Brewster made it 7-0 Oklahoma. The single by Brewster chased Floyd from the game and forced the Wildcats to bring in Zubradt.

In the sixth, Sheldon Neuse used his only hit of the afternoon, his 10th home run of the season, to drive in two runs. The Sooners went on to load the bases off Colton Kalmus in the inning before a sacrifice fly by Kyle Mendenhall capped the scoring. 

Fischer was saddled with the loss, his fourth of the year, after being responsible for five runs on five hits and one walk over 1 1/3 innings.

K-State now returns home for the Sunflower Showdown series against KU at Tointon Family Stadium. The three-game series starts on Friday at 6:35 p.m.

The series loss snapped K-State’s stretch of three straight series wins.

The Wildcats were outscored in the series, 25-10, and out-hit, 30-23.

The last time K-State was run-ruled was in May 2014 vs. Oklahoma State.

Zubradt’s six strikeouts were the most by a Wildcat reliever since Brandon Erickson struck out six on March 25 of this season vs. Oklahoma State.