Oklahoma Bats Ignite in Blowout of Kansas State

Thursday, May 26th 2011, 12:19 pm
By: News On 6

Originally Published: Apr 9, 2011 5:27 PM CDT

Corey DeMoss
Oklahoma Sports Staff Writer

LAWRENCE, Kan. – The Oklahoma baseball team scored runs in bunches Saturday in a 14-3 blowout of Kansas State.

The Sooners (24-7, 6-4) had three big innings, starting with three runs in the second. Evan Mistich drove home the first run with an RBI single, and Casey Johnson followed with a two-run home run for an early 3-0 lead.

Kansas State (17-2, 3-8) got on the board in the bottom of the fourth with a solo homer by Mike Kindel, but OU immediately responded in the fifth. Caleb Bushyhead delivered an RBI single, and Cameron Seitzer blasted a three-run homer to give the Sooners four runs in the inning and a 7-1 lead.

The Wildcats added another run in the bottom of the fifth to close the deficit to five, but could not pull any closer. The Sooners scored one run in the seventh on an RBI triple by Johnson, and OU completely blew the game open in the ninth.

Oklahoma scored six runs in the ninth, starting with an RBI groundout by Johnson with the bases loaded. Drew Dahlberg was hit by pitch in the next at-bat to load the bases again, and Cody Reine took advantage with a two-run single.

Chris Ellison followed with a two-run triple and scored on a throwing error to complete OU’s scoring for the day. The Wildcats added one more run in the bottom of the ninth, but the final batter grounded into a double play to end it.

Johnson was the star for Oklahoma, finishing with four RBIs on three hits. He also finished just a double shy of hitting for the cycle.

The win was the Sooners’ sixth in their last seven games, and their fourth time in that span to score more than 10 runs. They remain in fourth place in the Big 12 standings, two games behind leader Texas. OU will conclude its three-game series with Kansas State at 1 p.m. Sunday.