Baseball Falls at Kansas State, Series Even
MANHATTAN, Kan. – The Oklahoma baseball team fell 5-2 Saturday as Kansas State evened the Big 12 series against the Sooners at Tointon Family Stadium.
Catcher Brady Lindsly went 2-for-4 and drove in a run in the third inning that gave Oklahoma (29-15, 7-7 Big 12) the early lead. Right fielder Brady Harlan and first baseman Tyler Hardman scored runs for OU.
Levi Prater (6-4) totaled double-digit strikeouts for the second time this season. The sophomore struck out 11 batters over 6.1 frames but took the loss. KSU starter Caleb Littlejim (5-1) pitched 6.1 innings and earned the win for the Wildcats (21-23, 6-8 Big 12), and Will Brennan earned the save.
Kansas State’s win sets up a rubber game at 1 p.m. Sunday.
“I thought we really fought hard,” Oklahoma head coach Skip Johnson said. “They executed what they needed to execute, and that was the difference in the game. It was a tough day for offense, with the wind blowing across to right field. Their guy hit it right down the line to tie the game. Levi was probably the best he’s been all year, and that was exciting to see.”
Oklahoma took a 1-0 lead in the top of the third inning when Harlan was hit by a pitch and scored on a two-out single by Lindsly. Trailing 5-1 in the top of the ninth, the Sooners loaded the bases and Hardman scored on a fielder’s choice by center fielder Tanner Tredaway. The first two OU batters reached in the eighth and ninth innings. A fly out and double play ended the eighth and a fly out to the warning track in right field ended the ninth inning.
Kansas State tied it at 1-1 in the bottom of the third on a solo home run by third baseman Cameron Thompson. Thompson, who was 4-for-4, scored in the fifth inning on a double play that gave the Wildcats a 2-1 lead. The Wildcats scored two runs in the seventh on a squeeze bunt by shortstop Thomas Hughes to make it 4-1.
Freshman Wyatt Olds struck out three in the eighth inning, but one of the batters reached on a wild pitch and scored on a base hit by second baseman Jaxon Passino. Olds pitched the final 1.2 innings in relief of Prater and struck out three batters.