K-State Loses to Oklahoma, 10-1, to Even the Series




24-24 (6-11 Big 12)

23-23-1 (8-12 Big 12)

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
KST 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 8 0
OU 1 1 2 0 6 0 0 0 X 10 11 0
W: Irvin (4-1) L: MaVorhis (5-4) S: ---
  • Time of Game: 2:38
  • First Pitch: 3:02 pm
  • Temperature: 80 F
  • Wind: S 15-20
  • Attendance: 1,687

NORMAN, Okla. – K-State was limited by Oklahoma starting pitcher Jake Irvin to one run in his seven innings of work while the Sooners busted out for double-digit hits and runs in a 10-1 Wildcat loss on Saturday at L. Dale Mitchell Park.

The Wildcats (24-24, 6-11 Big 12) allowed runs in the first, second and third before surrendering six in the fifth to see the Sooners (23-23-1, 8-12 Big 12) pull away with a series-evening victory.

Irvin, who improved to 4-1 on the season, faced just one baserunner in four of his seven innings while also turning in a 1-2-3 third. The right-hander allowed only three Wildcat runners to reach scoring position, including two in fourth when doubles by Jake Scudder and Cade Bunnell produced the only K-State run and made it 4-1 Oklahoma.

Irvin finished scattering six hits and two walks over seven innings while striking out five.

“He just confused us,” said K-State head coach Brad Hill about Irvin. “He cross-counted us; he threw a breaking ball when we were looking for a fastball. He would throw the fastball when guys were slowed down. He did a great job.”

K-State starting pitcher Levi MaVorhis was charged with the first four Oklahoma runs as the senior yielded six hits and three walks in four innings – his shortest outing since his third start of the year on March 6 vs. UAPB.

“Vice versa, Levi wasn’t really sharp,” said Hill. “He had to compete hard to just keep it to four runs in four innings.”

MaVorhis allowed lone runs in the first and second, stranding a Sooner on third in both frames, but in the third, Oklahoma loaded the bases with no outs following an infield single, double and walk. The Sooners were able to produce two runs out of the bases-loaded situation, with a sacrifice fly by Austin O’Brien and a forceout by Cody Thomas. With one out, Thomas hit a groundball to first baseman Scudder, who fired to shortstop Tyler Wolfe to get the second out of the inning at second but the Wildcats could not complete the potential inning-ending double play.

After MaVorhis stranded a two-out single in a quiet fourth and the Wildcats hit into a double play with runners on the corners to end the top of the fifth, the Sooners sent 10 batters to the plate in the bottom half of the frame, scoring six runs on six hits and a walk. Brandon Erickson, who started the inning, was charged with five of the six runs on four hits while Nick Jones allowed an inherited runner to score in addition to one of his own over 2/3 of an inning. 

Brogan Heinen finished out the game for the Wildcats by throwing three no-hit innings of relief. The freshman, in his 14th appearance of the season, struck out three and walked one.

Bunnell and Michael Smith led the Wildcats with two hits apiece as K-State had eight total. The Sooners, meanwhile, had 11 hits as eight of their starting nine players had at least one.

The rubber match between K-State and Oklahoma will take place on Sunday at 1 p.m. Senior Corey Fischer will make his 11th start of the season for the Wildcats. The Sooners have yet to announce their starting pitcher.

Clayton Dalrymple extended his on-base streak to 15 games with an infield single. The 15-game stretch matches the senior’s career-high.

Prior to Saturday, K-State had a 2.55 ERA (15er, 53.0ip) over its last six games. Saturday’s 10 runs were the most allowed by the Wildcats since April 9 vs. Texas (L, 5-12).

The Wildcats’ three freshmen in the lineup – Josh Rolette, Cade Bunnell and Michael Smith – combined for five of K-State’s eight hits.