April 30, 2011
STILLWATER, Okla. – Oklahoma State scored five runs over the first three innings and received another quality outing from its starting pitcher as the 19th-ranked Cowboys defeated Kansas State, 8-2, Saturday afternoon at Allie P. Reynolds Stadium.
With the win, Oklahoma State took the series and improved to 30-13 overall and 12-8 in Big 12 play. The Wildcats fell to 26-17 on the season and 8-12 in conference action.
K-State starter Matt Applegate (4-3) retired the side in order with a pair of strikeouts in the first inning. In the second, OSU strung together two one-out singles and a walk to load the bases for Randy McCurry, who singled through the left side of the infield to score the first two runs of the game. Hunter Bailey followed with an infield single to bring in a run and, after another single loaded the bases, Applegate walked Dane Phillips to push the Cowboy advantage to 4-0.
That was all right-handed starter Brad Propst (7-2) needed as he kept Kansas State on its heels throughout the game. Propst faced just one batter over the minimum through five innings and also received a pair of ground-ball double plays. The only two hits against Propst in the first five frames were by Wade Hinkle in the second and fifth, while Propst did not allow a Wildcat past first base until the sixth inning.
Propst's try for a complete-game shutout was ended in the ninth inning when Nick Martini led off with a single and Mike Kindel hit a one-out, two-run homer off the right-field foul pole for K-State's two runs.
Following an impressive start last week against Texas Tech, Applegate surrendered seven Cowboy runs on nine hits with two walks and three strikeouts in four innings.
Mark Ginther paced the Cowboy offense with three hits, while Jared Womack, who homered in the fifth inning, had a pair of hits and two RBI. Nico Rosthenhausler, who was 1-for-3, recorded a sacrifice fly in the third inning before Womack’s two-run shot.
Hinkle and Dan Klein had two hits apiece to lead K-State. It was Hinkle’s sixth multi-hit game of the season, while Klein picked up his fourth two-hit ballgame.
The Wildcats conclude their conference series at Oklahoma State at 1 p.m., Sunday at Allie P. Reynolds Stadium. The game is available in the Manhattan listening area on SportsRadio 1350 KMAN and online at both www.k-statesports.com and www.1350kman.com.