April 29, 2011
STILLWATER, Okla. – Oklahoma State scored four times in the first inning and OSU starter Mike Strong allowed just two hits in eight innings as the 19th-ranked Cowboys defeated Kansas State, 9-2, Friday in the opening game of a Big 12 series at Allie P. Reynolds Stadium.
The loss snapped K-State’s six-game winning streak and a string of seven-straight against the Cowboys as the Wildcats fell to 26-16 overall and 8-11 in Big 12 play. Oklahoma State improved to 29-13 overall and 11-8 in conference action.
The first five Cowboy batters recorded a hit, capped by consecutive RBI doubles from Zach Johnson and Jared Womack to put OSU on top 4-0. A two-run single by Luis Uribe in the third scored two more runs before Johnson and Womack smacked back-to-back homers in the fifth to make the score 8-0.
Kansas State had no answer for Strong (4-1), who allowed only two runs – one unearned – on just two hits in eight innings of work. One of the hits was a sixth-inning solo home run by Jared King, his fifth of the year.
Strong struck out six Wildcats in the first four innings, including four of the first five batters he faced. Randy McCurry struck out the side in the ninth and teamed with Strong to limit the Cats to their lowest hit total of the season.
Johnson hit for the cycle, achieving the feat with an eighth-inning triple, becoming the first Cowboy to do so since Josh Fields in 2003. The first baseman was 4-for-5 with two RBI. Womack, who went 3-for-5, tied Uribe for game-high honors with three RBI.
K-State starter Kyle Hunter (4-4) suffered the loss, allowing the first eight Cowboy runs on 11 hits in four innings. Jake Doller worked the final four innings in perhaps his best outing of the year, allowing one run on three hits with a walk and a strikeout.
Chase Graskewicz had the other hit for the Wildcats, a single in the third inning. The Wildcats also worked two walks in the contest and stole four bases. The Cats' other run came in the fifth when Jake Brown bounced a two-out grounder to shortstop Hunter Bailey who bobbled the ball, allowing Tanner Witt to score from second.
Kansas State continues the series at Oklahoma State with a 2 p.m., first pitch Saturday at Allie P. Reynolds Stadium. The game can be heard in the Manhattan area on SportsRadio 150 KMAN, as well as online at both www.k-statesports.com and www.1350kman.com.