Baseball Victorious in Opener at K-State
MANHATTAN, Kan. – Nathan Wiles pitched 7.1 innings and the Oklahoma baseball team scored in bunches on its way to an 8-4 series-opening win at Kansas State Friday evening at Tointon Family Stadium.
The Sooners (29-14, 7-6 Big 12) batted around and scored four runs in both the third and seventh innings. Five OU batters recorded two hits as the team totaled 13 knocks. Designated hitter Justin Mitchell drove in two runs while third baseman Brylie Ware, catcher Brady Lindsly and center fielder Tanner Tredaway each scored two runs.
Wiles (7-2) struck out six batters and allowed three runs on seven hits, matching his season-long outing of 7.1 frames. Ledgend Smith struck out four over 1.2 innings of relief. K-State starter Griffin Hassall (2-2) allowed three earned runs in three innings in the loss for the Wildcats (20-23, 5-8 Big 12).
“Wiles settled in and showed a lot of poise sticking with the game plan,” Oklahoma head coach Skip Johnson said. “Our bats really came alive in the third inning and we executed, separated balls and strikes and scored some runs for him. It was a really good game all around and we played a full nine innings of offense.”
In the third inning, right fielder Brady Harlan led off with a double and scored on a double by Tredaway. Left fielder Diego Muniz followed with a sacrifice fly, and Lindsly doubled and scored on a base hit by Mitchell. Ware walked and scored on an errant throw when KSU attempted to turn a double play.
In the seventh inning, the Sooners loaded the bases and scored on singles by Ware, Mitchell and second baseman Conor McKenna before shortstop Brandon Zaragoza plated the fourth run of the frame with a sacrifice fly to make the score 8-1. Zaragoza singled in the ninth inning to extend his hitting streak to 10 games.
Kansas State scored a run in the first inning on an RBI groundout by catcher Chris Ceballos. In the eighth, right fielder Zach Kokoska hit a two-run home run to cut it to 8-3. The final score was reached with two outs in the ninth inning on an RBI groundout by center fielder Will Brennan.
The Sooners and Wildcats continue the series at 4 p.m. Saturday.