MANHATTAN, Kan. – The University of Oklahoma baseball team scored five runs in the top of the sixth to take a three-run lead, but gave it all back in the bottom half en route to a 9-7 loss to Kansas State at Tointon Family Stadium on Saturday afternoon. The Sooners dropped to 31-17 overall and 9-8 in the Big 12, while the Wildcats improved to 26-21 and 5-12.
Oklahoma was playing from behind early as K-State got back-to-back singles in the first that came in to score on a base hit to right-center by first baseman Jake Scudder. A leadoff-single in the second would lead to another run as the Wildcats owned a quick 3-0 lead.
The Sooners trimmed the deficit to one in the third by taking advantage of a pair of walks to set the table. Senior catcher Renae Martinez (San Pedro, Calif.) plated OU's first two runs of the day with a two-run double to left-center.
After Wildcat catcher Josh Rolette pushed their lead to two with a solo home run in the fifth, Oklahoma answered with five runs on four hits to take a 7-4 lead; its first of the game. Senior first baseman Austin O'Brien (Owasso, Okla.) started the inning with a single and scored on a double by sophomore designated hitter Brylie Ware (Sedgwick, Kan.). Senior right fielder Ben Hollas (Longview, Texas) put OU in front with a two-run home run to right; his third of the season. Two two-out walks followed and Martinez cashed in with his second two-run double of the game.
Kansas State matched the Sooners with five runs on four hits in the bottom half of the inning. Two walks and two singles against Oklahoma graduate RHP Vincenzo Aiello (Staten Island, N.Y.) got two Wildcat runs in before a wild pitch tied the game and sent the Sooner back to the bullpen. Freshman lefty Braidyn Fink (Moore, Okla.) got two quick outs, but a single to second baseman Jason Wodtke up the middle gave K-State the lead. A fifth run came in on a single by left fielder Will Brennan on his third hit of the day.
Sophomore right-hander Kyle Tyler (Oklahoma City) lasted five innings in the start for the Sooners. He scattered nine hits and five walks, yielding four runs with four strikeouts. Aiello (0-1) took the loss with four runs against him without getting an out.
Lefty Parker Rigler went five innings for K-State and saw the first two reach in the sixth. He surrendered four runs on four this and five walks with two strikeouts. Right-hander Jared Marolf (4-0), the second reliever of the sixth inning, came on and retired all 10 batters faced in 3.1 innings of work to finish the game.
The rubber-match it slated for 1 p.m. on Sunday. Oklahoma junior RHP Devon Perez (Ashburn, Va.) gets the start on the mound.