WICHITA, Kan. – The University of Oklahoma baseball team dropped a 2-1 decision to No. 26 Wichita State in front of 2,229 at Eck Stadium on Tuesday night. The Sooners fell to 14-9 overall, while the Shockers lifted their record to 14-4.
A leadoff-error on a pop fly on the infield opened the bottom of the eighth for Wichita State. The Shockers sacrificed pinch-runner Jacob Katzefy to second, where he scored from on a wild pitch that kicked toward WSU’s first base dugout.
Early on, Oklahoma got on the board in the top of the second after stranding two runners in the first. Junior third baseman Brylie Ware (Sedgwick, Kan.) lifted a leadoff-double to left-center, advanced to third on a deep fly ball out and scored on a two-out error.
In the start, sophomore right-hander Nathan Wiles (Overland Park, Kan.) went three innings and allowed one run on four hits and no walks with two strikeouts. The Shockers got their lone run against Wiles on a leadoff-home run to right by shortstop Trey Vickers in the second.
Tied 1-1, Wichita State started a two-out rally against Oklahoma junior RHP Dylan Grove (Moore, Okla.), the Sooners’ second pitcher of the night. A walk got the rally started and Shocker right fielder Luke Ritter placed an infield-base hit in the hole at short before a second walk loaded the bases. Third baseman Alec Bohm, who grounded into a double play to end a WSU threat in the third, then bounced a slow ball back up the middle. OU senior second baseman Kyle Mendenhall (Carlsbad, Calif.) charged and smoothly flipped the ball to first to leave the bases loaded.
Right-hander Keylan Killgore (1-1) got the win as the third Shocker reliever of the night. He struck out the side in the eighth; his only inning of work. RHP Chandler Sanburn was the second reliever to pitch the ninth and walked one and struck out two for his second save. Lefty Alex Segal lasted two innings in the start and was charged with one unearned run on one hit and two walks with three strikeouts.
In a game that totaled just 10 hits, Ware led all players with a 3-for-4 night. Ritter had the only multi-hit game for Wichita State as he went 2-for-4 from the leadoff spot.
The Sooners return home to begin a seven-game homestand and open Big 12 play on Friday, March 23 against West Virginia at 6:30 p.m.