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OU scores two in ninth to drop Cats

By The Mercury

NORMAN, Okla. — A pair of two-out RBI base hits by Oklahoma in the bottom of the ninth inning sent the 24th-ranked Sooners to a 4-3 walk-off victory over Kansas State Sunday afternoon at L. Dale Mitchell Park.

Oklahoma, which won the series, improved to 18-11 overall and 4-5 in Big 12 play. A day removed from winning their first one-run game of the season, the Wildcats fell to 14-13 on the year and 3-6 in conference action.

K-State worked around trouble in the eighth inning as two of the first three batters reached base before the Wildcats went to right-hander Nate Williams (0-2). The freshman quickly coaxed a flyout and a groundout to strand runners on second and third and keep the K-State lead at one.

Williams recorded a flyout to begin the ninth before surrendering a single to Hunter Lockwood. The freshman battled back for another fly ball for the second out of the frame.

OU elected to pinch-hit Cody Reine, who hit a triple into the right-center gap to tie the game at three. The Sooners went to the bench again in Evan Mistich, who dumped a single into left field for the game winner.

“We were right there,” K-State coach Brad Hill said. “I’m proud of Nate because they had to beat us by swinging the bats. He didn’t walk anyone. Unfortunately for us, they had a senior step up, got a good look at a pitch and took a good hack at it.”

The loss spoiled a fantastic outing by starting pitcher Kayvon Bahramzadeh, who worked six frames, allowing two runs on six hits with one walk and a career-best 11 strikeouts. 

K-State hosts Nebraska on Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. at Tointon Family Stadium.

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