April 1, 2012
NORMAN, Okla. - A pair of two-out RBI base hits by Oklahoma in the bottom of the ninth inning sent the 24th-ranked Sooners to a 4-3 walk-off victory over Kansas State Sunday afternoon at L. Dale Mitchell Park.
Oklahoma, which won the series, improved to 18-11 overall and 4-5 in Big 12 play. A day removed from winning their first one-run game of the season, the Wildcats fell to 14-13 on the year and 3-6 in conference action.
K-State worked around trouble in the eighth inning as two of the first three batters reached base before the Wildcats went to right-hander Nate Williams (0-2). The freshman quickly coaxed a fly out and a ground out to strand runners on second and third and keep the Kansas State lead at one.
Williams recorded a fly out to begin the ninth before surrendering a single to Hunter Lockwood. The freshman battled back for another fly ball for the second out of the frame.
Oklahoma elected to pinch hit Cody Reine, who hit a triple into the right-center field gap on the first pitch he saw to tie the game at three apiece. The Sooners went to the bench again in Evan Mistich, who dumped a single into left field for the game winner.
"We were right there," head coach Brad Hill said. "I'm proud of Nate because they had to beat us by swinging the bats. He didn't walk anyone. Unfortunately for us, they had a senior step up, got a good look at a pitch and took a good hack at it. He hit it in the gap we weren't covering, unfortunately."
The loss spoiled a fantastic outing by starting pitcher Kayvon Bahramzadeh, who worked six frames, allowing two runs on two hits with one walk and a career-best 11 strikeouts. The senior sat down the first 11 batters he faced until a leadoff walk in the fifth, which was followed by a Lockwood double to put runners on second and third.
Brian Brightwell followed with a sacrifice fly, but with two outs, Bahramzadeh uncorked a wild pitch that tied the game at 2-2.
Bahramzadeh, who became the first Wildcat with 10 or more strikeouts since May 4 last season, settled down after the wild pitch as he got out of the frame with a strikeout and worked around a two-out double during his final inning of work.
"No question Kayvon had a great day. It's one of those days where you come out to the ballpark thinking there is going to be 10 to 12 runs scored," Hill said about the strong wind blowing out to center. "He really took command of the zone and was down in the zone. It was a great start by him. We had three pretty good starts out of our starters this weekend."
Lockwood led the Sooners with a 3-for-for-4 outing with two runs scored. Steven Okert (4-3), who took the loss on Saturday, came back with two shutout innings by working around two hits with three strikeouts.
Jon Davis led K-State with a career-best three hits, while driving in a run. The junior-college transfer had not started since March 4 against Pacific, but earned the nod over the last two games, going 5-for-8 with three doubles, a RBI and two runs scored.
The Wildcats got on the board first with two-out RBI doubles by Davis and Tanner Witt in the second and third innings, respectively.
After Oklahoma scored its two runs in the fifth, Davis and the Wildcats came back with another pair of two-out doubles in the seventh as Brown doubled down the left-field line to score Davis from second base and give K-State its 3-2 lead.
Kansas State opens up a stretch of nine home games in the next 10 contests on Tuesday as the Wildcats host Nebraska at 6:30 p.m., at Tointon Family Stadium. The game against the Huskers serves as Dollar Dog Night as hot dogs are just $1 while supplies last.
To purchase tickets, fans can contact the K-State Athletics Ticket office at 1-800-221-CATS, online at www.k-statesports.com/tickets or at the ticket office inside Bramlage Coliseum. The game will be shown world-wide on K-StateHD.TV, beginning with K-State Gameday at 6 p.m. Listeners can hear the game on SportsRadio 1350 KMAN or online at both www.k-statesports.com and www.1350kman.com.