K-State's Eighth-Inning Rally Tops OSU

MANHATTAN, Kan. - Kansas State exploded for seven runs in the eighth inning -- highlighted by a bases-clearing double from Kent Urban -- to wipe out a four-run deficit en route to a 14-11 victory over Oklahoma State Friday in front of 1,539 fans at Tointon Family Stadium.

With the victory, K-State improved to 17-3 overall and won its Big 12 Conference opener for the third-straight year. Oklahoma State dropped to 14-4 overall and 0-1 in league play.

The Wildcats held a 6-2 lead after a four-run fourth inning, but Oklahoma State scored nine of the next 10 runs in the contest, including a three-run eighth inning that built the Cowboys' lead to 11-7.

But Kansas State showed its resiliency in its half of the inning. Jake Brown started the rally with his first career triple down the left-field line and scored on a single by Adam Muenster. After a pair of walks loaded the bases, Daniel Dellasega laced a single through the left side of the infield to plate two runs and pull the Wildcats to within 11-10.

Mike Kindel roped a single up the middle to tie the game before Matt Giller walked to load the bases. Urban then blasted the second pitch he saw over Dusty Harvard's head in deep center field, scoring three runs and completing the comeback.

"There were some great at-bats in that inning," said head coach Brad Hill. "The guys weren't selfish, hit the ball flat and put pressure on the defense. Those are things that we talk about. We just strung them together. Kent had a great approach there. He had a plan for himself when he went up there and put a great swing on the ball."

James Allen (3-0), who allowed two of the Cowboys' eighth-inning runs, forced three ground balls in the ninth to end the game and pick up the victory.

Urban finished the contest with a career-high three hits, while he tied his career-best with four RBI. Dellasega also registered a three-hit contest with a pair of RBI and runs scored, while Muenster and Brown added two hits apiece.

Nick Martini went 1-for-3 with a double and drove in two runs. The sophomore extended his hitting streak to a Big 12-leading 17 games, which is also tied for seventh-best in school history.

Oklahoma State closer Matt Peck, who entered the game with a 3-0 record and one save, took his first loss of the season as he allowed the final three Wildcat runs.

The Cowboys were led at the plate by Nico Rosthenhausler, who was 3-for-5 with three RBI. Kevin David and Dean Green added two-hit games, while Davis Duren and Harvard drove in a pair of runs.

After OSU opened the game's scoring with two runs in the third, K-State tied the game with two runs in the bottom half of the frame. Urban singled to right and moved to second on Brown's sacrfice bunt. Muenster followed with a single up the middle to plate the Cats' first run. Muenster moved to second on a balk and scored on Martini's double off the left-field wall, tying the game at 2-2.

K-State grabbed a four-run advantage in the fourth when Dellasega and Blair DeBord began the inning with singles to put runners on first and third. Kindel, who had two hits and two RBI, put down a bunt single to score Dellasega and put the Wildcats on top.

After a hit-by-pitch loaded the bases, Urban singled through the right side, while run-scoring ground outs by Brown and Muenster capped the inning and gave the Cats their 6-2 advantage.

The Cowboys got one run back in the fifth on a Duran sacrifice fly, the scored four in the sixth to take the lead. The biggest hit of the inning came from Harvard, who punched a single up the middle to score a pair of runs and put the Cowboys ahead 7-6.

Kansas State tied the game for a third time in the bottom of the sixth on a bases-loaded, two-out walk by Martini. Oklahoma State quickly regained the lead in the seventh on a home run by David before the Cowboys extended their lead in the eighth inning.

The two teams continue their conference-opening series on Saturday.  First pitch is scheduled for 2 p.m., at Tointon Family Stadium.