Cats Upend No. 6 Oklahoma State in OKC

OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. Brad Hutt tied the career record for wins, while Daniel Edwards collected his record-tying 11th save this season as Kansas State upset No. 6 Oklahoma State, 3-2, in the first game of the 2008 Phillips 66 Big 12 Tournament before 5,937 fans at Bricktown Ballpark.


With the victory, the seventh-seeded Wildcats improved to 28-27 on the season and have now defeated ranked opponents nine times this season. The win also moved K-State to 8-18 in conference-tournament games, including a 4-4 record in Big 12 Tournament games. The Cowboys, who are the No. 2 seed in the championship, dropped to 40-16 overall.


Hutt (7-4) recorded his third-straight win as he shut down the top offensive team in the Big 12 heading into the week. The senior allowed just one run in 6.2 innings, while spraying six hits three of which were infield singles - and striking out a season-high six batters. The right hander picked up his 25th-career victory, tying him for first in school history with Andy Replogle (1973-75).


Edwards was dominant in the eighth and ninth innings as he allowed just one hit and one walk while striking out five batters. The save was his 11th of the season, tying the single-season record for the second-consecutive year. The Kingwood, Texas, native also improved his career saves record to 25.


Offensively, Derek Bunker and Drew Biery led the team with two hits apiece, while Nate Tenbrink drove in a pair of runs, both coming on a two-run home run to deep left-center field in the first inning to give the Cats an early 2-0 lead.


The Wildcats grabbed another run in the fourth inning on a pair of singles and an Oklahoma State error, which loaded the bases to begin the inning. Two batters later, Dane Yelovich hit a sacrifice fly to center field, scoring Jason King, and pushing K-State’s advantage to 3-0.


In the meantime, Hutt was dominant as he retired 16 of the first 19 batters he faced going into the sixth inning, but showed his first signs of struggle in the frame. Jordy Mercer recorded a one-out single and Hutt walked Matt Hague. However, Hutt forced Dean Green and Rebel Ridling to fly out to end the threat and keep OSU scoreless.


Hutt was not as fortunate in the seventh as Oklahoma State scored to get within two runs. Luis Flores and Thomas Belza recorded back-to-back singles and Hutt hit Tyrone Hambly to load the bases. Donnie Webb was next and hit a ground ball into the hole on the left side of the infield, allowing Flores to score, but Biery got to the ball and threw out Belza at third.


Mercer followed with a ground ball to Tenbrink at third, but he misplayed the ball to load the bases and knock Hutt out of the game. Trevor Hurley came out of the pen and, on three pitches forced Hague to line out, limiting the damage to just one run.


The Cowboys got within one run in the eighth as pinch hitter Rafael Thomas doubled to center field and scored on a Belza single.


Kansas State continues play at the 2008 Phillips 66 Big 12 Championship at 4 p.m. Friday against Nebraska at Bricktown Ballpark.