March 21, 2014
NORMAN, Okla. – Oklahoma scored eight runs with two outs in the fifth inning to deal an 11-4 loss to the K-State baseball team on Friday at L. Dale Mitchell Park in the Wildcats’ Big 12 opener. The defeat snapped K-State’s 12-game winning streak.
K-State (13-8, 0-1 Big 12) surrendered a leadoff single in the bottom of the fifth, but the Wildcats’ starting pitcher Levi MaVorhis induced two back-to-back fly outs to bring K-State within one out of escaping the frame. However, Oklahoma (17-6, 1-0 Big 12) rattled off four straight hits – all on two-strike counts – to help drive in the first three runs of the eight-run inning. Hunter Haley capped the inning with a grand slam off Jake Fromson that made it 9-3 Oklahoma.
“We had two strikes, up-count situations where we just couldn’t put hitters away,” said K-State head coach Brad Hill. “We just left some pitches over the plate that their guys were able to get. A couple of their guys did a nice job of hitting, but we still had guys ready to be put away, and we couldn’t do it.”
The overwhelming frame by the Sooners erased a 3-1 advantage that K-State established through the first three innings. Tanner DeVinny hit a two-out, two-run single up the middle in the first inning to plate Shane Conlon and Austin Fisher and give the Wildcats a 2-0 lead. The inning ended, though, when Mitch Meyer was thrown out trying to advance to third during DeVinny’s single.
In the third, K-State answered Oklahoma’s one run in the second inning by scoring a run of their own. Ross Kivett led off with a single through the left side, preceding a one-out walk by Fisher and an infield single by RJ Santigate that loaded the bases. Meyer broke through with an RBI single to right field that scored Kivett, but Santigate was caught rounding second base too far, starting a rundown that eventually resulted in Fisher being tagged out between third and home.
“Offensively, we did a good job tonight,” said Hill. “We just had a couple of base running blunders that took us out of innings that we don’t know what might have happened; could have been another two or three runs on the board.”
The Wildcats added a run in the eighth when pinch hitter Taylor Anderson was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded. Oklahoma answered, though, in the bottom half of the eighth with an RBI single by Anthony Hermelyn and an RBI double by Taylor Asplaugh.
Oklahoma finished the night with 18 hits, the most hits allowed by K-State this season. Seven different Sooner hitters had multi-hit efforts.
MaVorhis took the loss, his second of the season, after allowing four runs on 10 hits in 4 2/3 innings. K-State relievers Landon Busch and Jordan Witcig were each charged with two runs while Fromson was responsible for three runs in 2 1/3 innings.
It was the first time the Wildcats had allowed double-digit runs since Feb. 22 vs. UC Davis (L, 10-5).
K-State had nine hits, with Conlon and Santigate leading the way with two apiece. Fisher and Meyer each extended their hitting streaks to eight games with one hit each.
The Wildcats and Sooners will meet in game two of the three-game series on Saturday at 1 pm. Left-hander Jared Moore will start for K-State and face Oklahoma’s southpaw Adam Choplick.