OU Powers Past K-State in Series Opener

NORMAN, Okla. - Oklahoma scored six runs in the first two innings and plated multiple runs in four different frames as the 15th-ranked Sooners took the series opener from No. 20 Kansas State, 14-3, Friday evening at L. Dale Mitchell Park.

The Sooners, who improved to 31-11 overall, jumped above .500 in conference play at 9-8. Kansas State fell to 29-11 on the year and 9-6 in Big 12 action.

Oklahoma tallied 18 hits, the second-most allowed this season by the Wildcat pitching staff. Of the 18 hits, six went for extra bases, including five doubles.

Kansas State didn't do itself any favors either as three errors led to four unearned runs, including three in the first two frames as the Wildcats dug themselves into an early hole.

Zach Neal (6-1) threw six-plus innings, allowing just a first-inning RBI single by Daniel Dellasega and a run in the seventh after the right-hander left the game. Neal surrendered nine hits and pitched with runners on in all seven frames, but he forced the Cats to strand seven of their nine runners in the game during that span.

Garrett Buechele hammered K-State pitching as the sophomore went 5-for-6 with five RBI. Buechele, who recorded his first triple of the season, was a home run shy of the cycle.

Ross Hubbard and Danny Black added two-hit games for OU, while Caleb Bushyhead drove in three runs.

K-State starter Ryan Daniel (5-3) lost for the third time in six Big 12 starts. The right-hander lasted just one inning, allowing four runs on three hits with a walk and two strikeouts. The Wildcats used seven pitchers in the contest, including four freshmen, as K-State tried to save its bullpen for the final two games of the series.

Adam Muenster led the way for the Wildcats offensively, going 3-for-4 and extending his hitting streak to a career-long 22 games. The streak, which was tied for the seventh-longest active streak in the nation entering play Friday, is the fourth-longest in school history in that department.

Nick Martini, who has now recorded a hit in 38 of K-State's 40 contests this season, extended his hitting streak to 10 with a fifth-inning bunt single.

Sophomore Mike Kindel was 2-for-4, his third multi-hit contest in the last four games.

Max White hammered a double off the left-field wall to begin Oklahoma's four-run first inning. A ground out and a Hubbard double drove in two more before a Tanner Witt error with two outs allowed another run to score.

Another error cost the Cats again in the second when Eric Ross reached on a leadoff error by Carter Jurica. A single and a one-out walk loaded the bases before Thomas Rooke struck out White. But Bushyhead took advantage of the extra out with a single to make the score 6-1 and OU was on its way to an easy series-opening win.

K-State scored single runs in the later stages of the game. Jurica hit a RBI ground out to score Jake Brown in the seventh, while Brad Clement recorded a pinch-hit double to score one in the ninth.

Kansas State and Oklahoma continue the weekend series with a 5 p.m. contest on Saturday at L. Dale Mitchell Park.