Oklahoma Evens Series with Saturday Win
April 9, 2011
MANHATTAN, Kan. - A pair of Oklahoma home runs, including a three-run shot by Cameron Seitzer in the fifth inning, sent the seventh-ranked Sooners to a 14-3 victory over Kansas State Saturday afternoon at Tointon Family Stadium.
Oklahoma evened the series at one game apiece with the win as the Sooners improved to 24-7 overall and 6-4 in Big 12 play. The Wildcats dropped to 17-12 on the year and 3-8 in conference action.
Casey Johnson connected on a two-run homer in the second inning to complete a three-run frame. After holding OU scoreless over the next two innings, Ricky Eisenberg hit a one-out double in the fifth and was singled home by Caleb Bushyhead to make the score 4-1.
Another base hit put runners on first and second before Seitzer hit his three-run shot over the wall in left-center field to push the Sooner advantage to six.
"They did a great job of fouling off some good pitches," head coach Brad Hill said. "We just couldn't stay in the battle long enough. We made a mistake, and they got it today. Every mistake we made, they hammered it."
Johnson and Seitzer paced Oklahoma offensively by combining to go 6-for-8 with seven RBI. Johnson also tallied a seventh-inning triple to plate one run, while Eisenberg tripled to drive in two more as part of a six-run ninth inning.
The Sooners received an impressive start by right-hander Burch Smith (5-2), who was scheduled to pitch on Sunday but was bumped up one day. Smith worked seven innings, allowing a pair of runs on six hits with three walks and six strikeouts.
Matt Applegate (3-2) took the loss as he surrendered the first seven Sooner runs on eight hits with two walks and four strikeouts in 4.2 innings.
The Wildcats were led at the plate by Jared King, who went 2-for-4. Mike Kindel hit his second home run of the season, a solo blast in the fourth inning, while Nick Martini singled home a run in the fifth to extend his streak of consecutive games reaching base safely to 89.
K-State second baseman Jake Brown doubled and then scored on Martini's single in the fifth, pushing his hitting streak to a career best 10 games. It is the longest streak by a Wildcat this year and the longest since former infielder Carter Jurica had a hit in 14 straight games to end the 2010 season.
The rubber match between the Wildcats and Sooners is slated for a 1 p.m., first pitch Sunday at Tointon Family Stadium. Tickets may be purchased online at www.k-statesports.com/tickets, by phone at 1-800-221-CATS or at the ticket window at Tointon Family Stadium beginning one hour prior to first pitch.