NORMAN, Okla. The University of Oklahoma baseball team split a doubleheader with Kansas State Saturday afternoon at L. Dale Mitchell Park.
Oklahoma (36-13, 14-6 Big 12) dropped game one to Kansas State (26-17-1, 5-14-1 Big 12) 3-2, but run-ruled the Wildcats, 16-6, in a seven-inning game-two contest.
After the Sooners took a 2-0 lead in the first inning, the early game featured a pitchers duel between OU ace Daniel McCutchen (6-6) and KSU’s Brad Hutt (3-3).
McCutchen took a scoreless game into the final frame, but allowed K-State to rally as three of the first four batters reached base before Jared Goedert knocked in an RBI double.
Cris Tapia followed with a two-RBI single, sealing the victory for KSU.
With the scoreboard on fire, the second game of the twinbill proved to be a polar opposite of game one.
The Sooners fell behind early to KSU starter Adam Cowart, 5-1, but prevailed over the right-hander in the bottom of the fifth.
Chuckie Caufield, who has been the spark in most of the Sooners’ rallies the past few weeks, jacked a three-run homer off the scoreboard in left field, awakening OU’s lineup.
Aaron Reza and Kody Kaiser reached base on consecutive field errors by the Wildcats and Ryan Rohlinger made them pay for the mistakes with a two-RBI single during his at-bat.
Caufield added a two-RBI single in the sixth to give him five total runs batted in for the game.
Joseph Hughes, the seventh at-bat of the seventh inning, ended the contest plating OU’s 16th run with a no-out single.
Sunday’s series finale is scheduled for 1 p.m. The game will be broadcast live on KOKC 1520 AM.