Cats Drop Series Finale to Oklahoma

MANHATTAN, Kan. Oklahoma set the tone early with a leadoff home run on the first pitch as the Sooners took the series with a 29-4 win over Kansas State Sunday afternoon at Tointon Family Stadium. With the win, the 13th-ranked Sooners improved to 20-5 overall and 2-1 in Big 12 play, while the Wildcats dropped its second-straight game for the first time this season, falling to 18-5 overall and 1-2 in conference action.

 

The Sooners feasted on K-State pitching all afternoon and took advantage of a howling wind out to left field as they tied a Big 12 record with 11 home runs, eight of which went over the left-field wall. The 29 runs put up by Oklahoma were the most surrendered by Kansas State since it allowed 31 to San Diego in 2000.

 

In all, Oklahoma tallied 15 extra base hits as it also recorded four doubles to go along with its double-digit home runs. OU scored double-digit runs and batted around in both the first and fifth innings.

 

Sooner catcher J.T. Wise led the way for OU as he was a perfect 5-for-5 with seven RBI. Wise hit a three-run homer and singled in the first, while he hit an RBI single in the third, and had another single and three-run home run in the fifth.

 

Jamie Johnson also registered two home runs, the first one on the very first pitch of the game, which began a 13-run inning in which Oklahoma sent 17 batters to the plate. Kansas State starter Kayvon Bahramzadeh (2-1) could only make it though a third of an inning as he allowed seven of the 13 runs on six hits.

 

OU starter Michael Rocha took the win after receiving 28 runs of offensive support in his five innings pitched. The right hander allowed four runs on five hits with a walk and two strikeouts. Kaleb Herren and Mehdi Djebbar followed with one scoreless inning apiece.

 

Jason King tallied a two-run single in the first inning on a hit back up the middle. Jordan Cruz and Carter Jurica each tallied one RBI as Cruz led the second inning off with a home run, while Jurica brought home Dane Yelovich on a groundout.

 

Kansas State will conclude its 11-game homestand with a two-game midweek series against Northwestern on Tuesday and Wednesday. First pitch on Tuesday, which is the first Quarter Hot Dog Night, is set for 6:30 p.m.