K-State Falls to Oklahoma, Eliminated from Big 12 Championship


GAME RECAP

13

7

NR
OKLAHOMA
SOONERS
29-26-1 (11-13 Big 12)

NR
K-STATE
WILDCATS
26-31 (8-16 Big 12)

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
OU 0 4 6 0 0 0 0 0 3 13 13 1
KST 2 0 0 0 0 0 4 0 1 7 7 0
W: Hansen (3-5) L: Rigler (4-9) S: ---
  • Time of Game: 3:29
  • First Pitch: 9:03 a.m.
  • Temperature: 78 F
  • Wind: S 10-15
  • Attendance: 3,748


OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – K-State could not overcome crooked innings in the second and third despite late threats, and the Wildcats lost to Oklahoma, 13-7, on Thursday to be eliminated from the Phillips 66 Big 12 Baseball Championship at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark.

K-State (26-31) scored first for the fifth straight game, but the Sooners (29-26-1) scored four runs in the second and six in the third to lead to the Wildcats’ season-ending loss and fifth consecutive defeat.

The Wildcats struck first when senior Tyler Moore hit a two-out, two-run single off Oklahoma starting pitcher Alec Hansen in the opening frame. The single was set up when the first two batters of the game, seniors Clayton Dalrymple and Tyler Wolfe, were hit by pitches. 

Hansen, who earned his second win in as many starts against K-State this year, bounced back from the two-run first inning by allowing just one baserunner to reach scoring position between the second and sixth. The right-hander scattered four runs on three hits and five walks in six-plus innings while fanning seven.

“Just a tough game,” said K-State head coach Brad Hill. “It was kind of the same thing, get off to a nice start and we just can’t hold. We had some mental breakdowns today, and Hansen was good enough today when he got the lead. (You) never want to face a guy with that kind of stuff and talent (with a big lead).”

Despite an eight-run deficit, K-State closed the gap to four runs in the seventh when Dalrymple and Jake Scudder each had two-run base hits. The Sooners, however, pulled away again in the ninth with their final three runs.

“Give our kids credit, we didn't just quit,” said Hill. “We hung in there and ended up scoring some runs late and tried to keep as completive bats as we could. I thought we did that. I appreciate them continuing to play hard and do the things we talked about from beginning to fall.”

K-State starting pitcher Parker Rigler was tagged with the loss after he was responsible for eight runs, seven earned, on six hits over 2 2/3 innings. The southpaw worked a 1-2-3 first but allowed the first four batters to reach and score in the second. In the third, he faced six batters, yielding three hits and a walk, before being lifted in his shortest outing of the year since February 26.

The first Oklahoma run in the second scored on a passed ball while a Cody Thomas RBI double, another run via a passed ball and a sacrifice fly made it 4-2 Oklahoma.

Back-to-back singles and a walk against Rigler loaded the bases for the Sooners in the third, but the junior was able to strike out Austin O’Brien and induce a fly out by Thomas to get the first two outs of the inning. Oklahoma, however, had the next four batters reach safely as an RBI single by Renae Martiniez chased Rigler from the game. Kyle Mendenhall and Alex Wise followed up with run-producing extra-base hits off Nick Jones to break open the inning as Wise’s three-run triple capped the six-run frame.

K-State cut the deficit in half in the seventh when three straight walks, two issued by Hansen and another by Chris Andritsos, set up an opposite-field, two-run double by Dalrymple. After a soft line out by Tyler Wolfe and strikeout by Josh Rolette, Scudder worked a long at-bat into a two-run chopper up the middle to score Josh Ethier and Dalrymple to make it a four-run frame.

Brogan Heinen kept the Wildcats in the game by getting out of the third and going on to throw 4 1/3 shutout innings. The freshman surrendered a lone single in the sixth but faced the minimum 13 batters in his longest relief outing of the year.

After Colton Kalmus tossed a scoreless eighth inning, Oklahoma scored its three runs in the ninth with the help of four hits and a walk against Lucas Benenati.

Scudder added a K-State run in the ninth with a sacrifice fly that plated Dalrymple. Scudder finished with a team-high three RBI.

The trip to the Big 12 Baseball Championship for the Wildcats was their ninth in the last 10 years.


NOTES
K-State lost its fourth straight elimination game in the conference tournament. Its last win in such a game was in 2011.

The Wildcats are 3-6 all-time against Oklahoma, which is their most common opponent in the postseason tournament

Jake Scudder, who finished 1-for-4, ended the season with an 11-game hitting streak to match his career-high. The junior also reached base safely in all 26 games against Big 12 opponents this year.

The Wildcats, led by two walks each from Quintin Crandall, Josh Ethier and Tyler Moore, finished with nine walks – their most in a game since February 27 vs. Utah (10).