The Norman Transcript

May 25, 2013

Sooners beat Wildcats, will play for Big 12 tournament title

By John Shinn
The Norman Transcript

OKLAHOMA CITY — Twice Oklahoma let leads slip away in the 9th and 10th innings Saturday against Kansas State. The one they had in the 11th was the one that didn’t get away.

The Sooners topped Kansas State, 7-6, at Bricktown Ballpark during the final game of play in the Big 12 tournament. The Sooners were still waiting Saturday to find out who they will play in Sunday’s championship game.

OU (39-19) will need to check and see if it has any finger nails left. The last three innings were absolute nail-bitters.

The Wildcats (41-17) rallied from a four-run deficit to tie it in the bottom of the ninth inning and made up a one-run gap in the 10th.

The game-winning run came in when Craig Aikin singled in Tyler Alspaugh in the top of the 11th.

The Wildcats loaded the bases in the bottom half, but Kyle Hayes finally sealed it by striking out Kansas State’s Mitch Meyer and Alex Bee with the bases loaded in the bottom of the 11th.

Hayes picked up the save, his first of the season. Ralph Garza Jr. (5-1) picked up the win. They were fourth and fifth pitchers OU coach Sunny Golloway turned to Saturday.

Jake Matthys (8-1) took the loss. He was the third pitcher to come out of Kansas State’s bullpen.