Wildcats swept by No. 7 Cowboys

By The Mercury

The Kansas State baseball team was swept by No. 7 Oklahoma State on Sunday, losing to the Cowboys in a run-ruled game, 17-5, at Tointon Family Stadium.

K-State (24-28, 4-17 Big 12) allowed runs in four of the first five innings, including three in the second and fourth and nine runs in the fifth inning.

The Cowboys (38-13, 16-5) used 17 hits and eight walks issued by the K-State pitching staff to score the 17 runs, as OSU outscored the Wildcats 3-19 in the three games.

K-State has now lost 10 straight conference games — its longest Big 12 losing streak since 2012 — and been swept in three straight series, eliminating the Wildcats from the upcoming Big 12 tournament.

“The learning experience for us is seeing the number one team in the Big 12 and its ability to throw secondary pitches for strikes, particularly in counts where we were looking for a fastball, and our inability to do that same thing,” K-State head coach Brad Hill said. “Every time we needed to throw a breaking ball, we would bounce it or hang it and they would hit it hard.

“That left a lot of pressure on the fastball, and if that’s the only pitch you have, they are going to sit on that, too. (Oklahoma State is) the number one team in the Big 12, and there’s a reason why.”

Cowboys’ starting pitcher Tyler Nurdin limited the Wildcats to one run and two hits in his first five innings to pick up his fourth win the season. The left-hander finished the game surrendering five runs on six hits in 5 2/3 innings after K-State scored four runs in the sixth.

K-State starter Nate Griep struck out two in a 1-2-3 first inning, but the Cowboys attacked the Wildcat right-hander with eight hits over the next three innings to score seven runs.

Griep (3-6) allowed three runs on four hits in the second, including two on a two-out single by Bryan Case. An RBI single by Tanner Krietemeier in the third inning capped three straight hits to start the frame.

Griep hit a batter to start the fourth, but after a failed bunt attempt resulted in a fielder’s choice, followed by a fly out, the redshirt freshman was in line to escape the inning unscathed.

Oklahoma State, however, used a wild pitch and a walk to set up Krietemeier’s second RBI single to make it 5-1.

After Krietemeier’s run-scoring single, K-State brought in reliever Jordan Floyd, who labored through 1/3 of an inning, allowing both of his inherited runners to score.

Floyd started the nine-run top of the fifth, issuing two walks and hitting a batter, as well as a single to first four batters of the inning before being removed for Ethan Landon.

Landon, entering the game with the bases loaded, allowed all three inherited runners to score, in addition to his own five runs surrendered in 1/3 of an inning. Landon allowed five hits, including a two-run double, a three-run home run and a two-run home run.

Down 15 runs entering the bottom of the sixth, Mitch Meyer hit a two-run homer to help K-State score four runs. After Lance Miles drove in Max Brown with a single, Meyer drove a ball to center field for his third long ball of the season and first since March 15 vs. Northern Colorado.

“I told them right away that I appreciated that their at-bats were at least competitive,” Hill said. “Guys stayed up there and fought to get runs. At least we didn’t just lie down. They did compete.”

Clayton Dalrymple, who went 1 for 2 with a walk, drove in Austin Fisher with a double in the sixth to make it 16-5.

Fisher led all Wildcats with two hits, as K-State had seven hits in the game, five of which were recorded in the sixth inning.

K-State reliever Jon Roblez, who induced a double play to end the crooked fifth, allowed two hits and one run in his 2 2/3 innings pitched. The freshman walked two.

Oklahoma State’s Blake Battenfield held K-State scoreless in his 1 1/3 innings of work.

The Cowboys’ Zach Fish had a game-high five RBIs to go with his three hits. Gage Green also had three hits as Oklahoma State had six players register multi-hit efforts.

K-State will close the season this weekend with a three-game series at Tointon Family Stadium against the Texas Longhorns.

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