It took too long for OU freshman right hander Jake Elliott to figure it out. He lasted four innings — his shortest outing in six starts. Elliott (2-3) allowed four runs on six hits and three walks to go with three strikeouts.
The Wildcats (14-9, 1-2) put him on the ropes in the third inning. Ross Kivett’s RBI single and Austin Fisher’s sacrifice fly staked Kansas State to a 2-0 lead.
If the damage would have stopped there, the Sooners might have stood a chance. But Tanner DeVinny’s two-out, two-run single doubled the lead.
It might as well have quadrupled it. The Sooners only put four runners on base all afternoon and two were erased by double plays. Griep had them as flustered in the ninth inning as they were in the first.
“He kept the ball down, worked both sides of the plate and did a really good job,” Hughes said. “He three-hit us. With red-hot bats, that kid pitched a really good game for them.”
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