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OSU Baseball: Cowboys Take 2 of 3 against Kansas State

OSU lost Sunday, but Griffin Doersching took his first at-bat since February.



[Devin Wilber/PFB]

The Cowboys’ start to Big 12 play has been nearly perfect.

Oklahoma State took two of three against Kansas State this weekend in Manhattan. The No. 2 Pokes moved to 20-8 on the year and 5-1 in Big 12 play. Here are recaps of OSU’s three games against the Wildcats.

Oklahoma State 12, Kansas State 9

The six runs Justin Campbell gave up against the Wildcats on Friday were a season-high, but Campbell still recorded a win thanks to some excellent run support.

Jake Thompson was in a bit of a slump by his standards, going 2-for-11 in OSU’s three games entering the weekend. So, how did he start the K-State series? With a bang. He hit a two-run home run to left in the first inning of Friday’s game, his fourth home run of the season.

The Wildcats couldn’t get out of their own way in the middle part of this game. With the game tied at 2, Nolan McLean reached on a fielding error, a play Roc Riggio scored on. Then came three bases-loaded walks to balloon OSU’s lead to 6-2 after the four-run fifth inning.

OSU started the sixth with another bases-loaded walk before a bases-loaded hit by pitch made it 8-2. That led to a Chase Adkison sac fly before Caeden Trenkle hit a three-run shot to left center, his fourth round-tripper of the season.

The Wildcats made an attempt at a comeback, hitting a pair of home runs in the sixth and adding another pair of runs in the seventh, but the damage was already done.

Oklahoma State 8, Kansas State 6

Marcus Brown and Hueston Morrill each had a pair of hits in the Cowboys’ Saturday win.

Both of those guys had RBIs in the Cowboys’ four-run sixth inning. Brown tripled to the gap in right center that frame, scoring Trenkle. Morrill singled through the left side, scoring Adkison.

That big inning gave the Cowboys a 7-1 lead, and the game wasn’t necessarily in jeopardy from then on out.

Victor Mederos was awarded the win after throwing five 2/3 innings where he allowed three runs off three hits while walking one and striking out four. Bayden Root, McLean, Kale Davis and Trevor Martin all came out of Rob Walton’s bullpen. That group allowed three runs off four hits while walking two and striking out four.

Kansas State 7, Oklahoma State 2

Sunday wasn’t the Cowboys’ day, but they did get some good news in the form of Griffin Doersching.

Doersching, a transfer from Northern Kentucky, hadn’t played since suffering an ankle injury in OSU’s Feb. 27 game against Wright State, but he made an appearance as a pinch hitter Sunday. He struck out, but his batting average of .400 is best on the team among players with more than one at-bat.

OSU’s bats and arms equally struggled Sunday. The Cowboys’ only runs came off a bases-loaded walk and a sac fly. Meanwhile, OSU’s bullpen gave up six runs off five hits while walking four and striking out only one K-State batter.

Up Next

The Cowboys have three midweek games against Wichita State this month, starting with Tuesday’s meeting in Wichita. First pitch is scheduled for 6 p.m. Oklahoma State hosts a three-game Bedlam series this weekend, with Friday’s first pitch scheduled for 6 p.m. at O’Brate Stadium.

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