April 13, 2001
Manhattan, Kan. - Oklahoma rallied for three runs in the bottom of the ninth inning Friday afternoon, but eventually fell 5-3 to Kansas State at Frank Myers Field. Wildcat starting pitcher Luke Robertson (5-5) blanked the Sooners on four hits through eight innings before running into trouble in the final frame. Sooner hurler Rocky Cherry (6-4) gave up only eight hits, but surrendered all five earned runs, including one in the first inning and two in both the fourth and sixth frames. Oklahoma dropped to 14-24 overall and 8-11 in the Big 12 Conference, while Kansas State improved to 15-20 overall and 5-14 in the league.
OU senior leftfielder Greg Dobbs(1-for-4), who extended his hitting streak to 13 games, ignited the ninth inning comeback with a double to center field that drove in senior third baseman Jason Bartlett (2-for-4) and junior shortstop Sergio Garcia (2-for-4) after both batters had reached base on consecutive singles. Junior catcher Chris Haggard (1-for-1) continued the rally by lacing a single to left field to drive in Dobbs' for the third run. Kansas State then inserted closer Kelvin Day who retired the final two Sooners to end the game and pick up his fifth save.
Kansas State jumped on top early in the game. After taking an early 1-0 lead in the first inning, the Wildcats opened up their lead by spotting two runs in the fourth frame. KSU rightfielder Pat Maloney (1-for-3) accounted for one of the two runs with a solo home run to center field. Leftfielder Kasey Weishaar (2-for-3) then followed with a double and came home on a single by centerfielder Nick Sorensen (1-for-3).
The Wildcats padded their lead in the sixth inning with two more runs to gain the decisive margin of victory.
The Sooners will look to even the series tomorrow as they take on the Wildcats again at 2 p.m. at Frank Myers Field.