MANHATTAN, Kan. – The University of Oklahoma baseball team earned an 11-5 win over Kansas State at Tointon Family Stadium on Friday night. The Sooners improved to 31-16 overall and 9-7 in the Big 12, while the Wildcats dropped to 25-21 and 4-12.
Oklahoma put together a two-out rally, yielding five runs in the third, to erase an early 1-0 deficit. Freshman shortstop Brandon Zaragoza (Moore, Okla.) ignited the offense with a base hit to center and sophomore left fielder Cade Harris (Leona, Texas) followed with a two-run home run to right. A wild pitch brought in the third OU run of the inning and sophomore center fielder Steele Walker (Prosper, Texas) added a two-run home run; his seventh of the season.
For the game, the Sooners scored nine of 11 runs with two outs and were 8-for-16 in two-out situations. Senior first baseman Austin O'Brien (Owasso, Okla.) drove in a run with a sacrifice-fly in the fifth before sophomore designated hitter Brylie Ware (Sedgwick, Kan.) picked up a RBI-single to center. O'Brien would later add his sixth home run of the year in the seventh with two down.
Sophomore right-hander Jake Irvin (Bloomington, Minn.) became the first Oklahoma pitcher to get through the sixth inning since March 31 as he scattered nine hits and four walks for three runs across six innings of work. Irvin (6-0), who last won a game on March 17, was pitching with traffic on the base paths all night. K-State got the leadoff man to reach three times against Irvin as he never pitched with two outs and the bases clear, but managed to leave 10 runners on base, including the bases juiced in the sixth.
In the eighth, the Sooners plated three runs on three hits, including Walker's second home run of the night to push his season total to eight. Harris singled and scored on a double by senior third baseman Jack Flansburg (Orange, Calif.), who was thrown out going for third. A walk put senior catcher Renae Martinez (San Pedro, Calif.) walked to reach for the third time, after singling and doubling earlier, to score on Walker's long ball to right.
Right-hander Justin Heskett (5-3) took the loss for the Wildcats. He went 4.1 innings and allowed seven runs on five hits and three walks with five strikeouts. Left fielder Will Brennan went 2-for-5 as Kansas State totaled 11 hits.
Oklahoma strung together 11 hits on the night with three players posting multi-hit games. Harris, Martinez and Walker all went 2-for-4.
The Sooners and Wildcats take the field for game two at 2 p.m. tomorrow. OU sophomore RHP Kyle Tyler (Oklahoma City) gets the start on the mound.