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Win or Go Home Territory Sooners Fall to Six-Seed K-State, 7-3

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Press Release University of Oklahoma: 


The University of Oklahoma baseball team has entered a win-or-go-home scenario after a 7-3 loss to Kansas State in its Big 12 Championship opener at ONEOK Field, Wednesday evening. The three-seed Sooners, who dropped to 32-26 on the year, will play tomorrow at 12:30 pm against the loser of Oklahoma State and West Virginia.


The Wildcats (27-28) grabbed the lead early with runs in each of the first three innings. Back-to-back singles started the game for K-State and OU sophomore right-hander Jake Elliott (Coppell, Texas) traded a run for two outs with a double play. In the second, center fielder Max Brown led off with a double, advanced on a wild pitch and scored on a single by right fielder Clayton Dalrymple, who later scored on a throwing error from short.

Trailing 5-0, redshirt-senior right fielder Taylor Alspaugh (Broken Arrow, Okla.) got the Sooners on the board with a lead-off home run to right on the first pitch of the bottom of the fifth. Junior catcher Anthony Hermelyn (McKinney, Texas) made is a two-home run inning for Oklahoma two batters later with a solo shot to left.

Kansas State responded with a pair of unearned runs off of redshirt-junior lefty Adam Choplick (Denton, Texas) in the top of the seventh. Brown delivered both to the plate with a two-out single popped into shallow center off of junior right-hander Ralph Garza Jr. (New Braunfels, Texas).

After the stretch, the Sooners fought back for a run. Sophomore Austin O'Brien (Owasso, Okla.) started the inning with a pinch-hit single to left and a single up the middle by junior center fielder Craig Aikin (Coppell, Texas) put two men aboard. Alspaugh followed with a bounding ball through the right-side to bring home O'Brien with his second RBI of the game.

Elliott (4-6) took the loss in just two innings of work. He gave up three runs, two earned, on five hits and a walk. Choplick allowed one earned and one unearned run in his first inning of relief and after three-scoreless frames allowed two unearned runs. He totaled 4.1 innings of work, three hits, two walks and three strikeouts.

In the win, right-hander Colton Kalmus (2-4) struck out six and surrendered the two home runs amongst six total hits, while striking out six and walking none. Left-hander Jordan Floyd picked up his first save of the season in 3.2 innings of one-run relief with four hits and two walks allowed.

Brown finished the game a perfect 4-for-4 for the Wildcats with two RBI and a double. The Sooners out-hit K-State, 10-9, for the game. Alspaugh went 3-for-5, while Aikin, Hermelyn and junior left fielder Hunter Haley (Nacogdoches, Texas) all added two hits.

Oklahoma will turn to redshirt-senior right-hander Robert Tasin (Klein, Texas) in Thursday's elimination game.

Notes:

·         Robert Tasin started just his fifth game at first base in his career.

·         Jake Elliott pitched just two innings for his shortest start of the season and second shortest of his career. His shortest start came against Oklahoma State (5/21/14) with just 0.1 innings in the Big 12 Championship.

·         Hunter Haley picked up his 10th double of the season and seventh multi-hit game.

·         Taylor Alspaugh rocketed his second home run of the season and fourth of his career. He also notched his 17th multi-hit game and fourth three-hit game.

·         Anthony Hermelyn's home run was his sixth of the year, eighth of his career and fifth in 11 games.

·         Hermelyn extended his hit streak to 11 games with his 25th multi-hit game. Over that stretch, he is hitting .413 (19-for-46).

·         Craig Aikin added his 23rd multi-hit game and his fourth straight in the Big 12 Championship; dating back to last season.

·         In his career, Aikin is a .432 (16-for-37) hitter in eight games at the Big 12 Championship. Hermelyn is a .357 (10-for-28) hitter in the championship.

·         Oklahoma is now 32-20 all-time in the Big 12 Championship and 2-3 against Kansas State.

·         The three seed has lost six consecutive openers and 11 of the last 12 at the championship.

Kansas State 7, Oklahoma 3 (May 20, 2015 at Tulsa, Okla.)

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Kansas State........ 122 000 200  -  7  9  0      (27-28)

Oklahoma............ 000 002 100  -  3 10  3      (32-26)

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Pitchers: Kansas State - Kalmus, C.; Floyd, J.(6) and Moore, T.. Oklahoma - Elliott, Jake;

Choplick, Adam(3); Garza, Jr. Ralph(7); Copping, Corey(8) and Hermelyn, Anthony.

Win-Kalmus, C.(2-4)  Save-Floyd, J.(1)  Loss-Elliott, Jake(4-6)  T-2:54  A-0

HR OU - Alspaugh, Taylor (2); Hermelyn, Anthony (6).

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