OU Clinches Series with Second Straight Shutout
NORMAN – The Oklahoma baseball team recorded its second straight shutout, downing Kansas State, 2-0, on Saturday inside L. Dale Mitchell Park in front of 1,670 fans. OU improved to 30-18 overall and 12-8 in the league, while K-State fell to 18-28 and 3-17 in the Big 12.
The Sooners pushed across a run in the second and the seventh innings for their only runs of the game as OU used four pitchers to toss a three-hit shutout. The win marked the first time since 2009 against Texas Tech that OU has earned shutouts in back-to-back Big 12 games.
OU’s pitching staff held the Wildcats hitless through 5.2 innings before a two-out single off of OU reliever Kyle Tyler gave K-State its first hit of the afternoon. Tyler (4-2) earned the win in relief of OU starter Levi Prater, pitching 3.1 scoreless innings out of the bullpen. The junior recorded six strikeouts and allowed just two hits in his second-longest relief outing of the season.
In his first career start, Prater threw 4.1 no-hit innings, walking three to go along with two strikeouts. Prater matched his longest career outing before Tyler took over with one out in the fifth.
Junior Austin Hansen picked up a pair of strikeouts and retired the side in order to earn his third save of the season.
At the plate, redshirt sophomore center fielder Kyler Murray led OU at the plate with 3-for-3 performance and scored both of OU’s runs. Murray doubled to left to open the second inning. After Brylie Ware reached on an infield single to put runners at the corners, Kyle Mendenhall’s sacrifice fly to center plated Murray to give OU a 1-0 lead.
Murray led off the seventh inning with a single through the right side and the Sooners eventually capitalized with a two-out RBI single by freshman Cade Cavalli to extend their lead to 2-0.
Ware extended his hitting streak to eight games with an infield single in the second inning to finish 1-for-2 at the plate. Tyler Hardman was also 1-for-3 for the Sooners.
Kansas State right-hander Jarod Marolf took the loss, throwing eight innings in a complete-game effort. Marolf (1-5) allowed two runs on six hits, striking out one and walking one on 97 pitches.
The series concludes on Sunday with first pitch set for 1 p.m. CT at L. Dale Mitchell Park. The game will be televised on Fox Sports Oklahoma +.