OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. - Oklahoma scored six times in the fourth inning to break open a tied game as the 12th-ranked Sooners topped No. 25 Kansas State, 13-2, in the final game for both teams at the 2010 Phillips 66 Big 12 Championship at Bricktown Ballpark.
Second-seeded Oklahoma finished play at the Big 12 Championship with a 2-1 record and concluded the regular season at 44-15. Kansas State, which finished the conference championship with a 1-2 mark, fell to 36-20 on the year. It was the first time since 2007 that the Cats won less than two games in the tournament.
The game was tied at 2-2 in the fourth inning when the Sooners exploded. Oklahoma rapped out four singles, including a pair of RBI base hits, and a two-run double from Chris Ellison to build the lead to 6-2. A Wildcat error led to another run before Garrett Buechele blasted a solo home run -- his second in as many at-bats -- to make the score 8-2.
Oklahoma hit three homers in the contest, including a three-run homer from Danny Black in the top of the eighth. Buechele led all hitters by going 3-for-3 with two RBI. Cameron Seitzer, Ricky Eisenberg and Caleb Bushyhead added two hits apiece and combined for six RBI.
The OU offense provided starter Bobby Shore (8-4) plenty of cushion. After allowing two runs in the first on a run-scoring single by Daniel Dellasega and a sacrifice fly from Mike Kindel, Shore pitched 4.2 scoreless innings and retired 15 of 18 batters.
Anthony Collazo and Jack Mayfield finished out the game for the Sooners, throwing 2.1 scoreless innings with a pair of strikeouts.
A bright spot in the K-State pitching staff was freshman Tyler Sturges, who was effective as he allowed two runs on one hit in 2.2 innings. Both both runs scored after the right-hander exited the game.
The top four batters in K-State's lineup -- Adam Muenster, Kent Urban, Nick Martini and Dellasega -- recorded one hit each. Kindel's sacrifice fly marked his third-straight game with a RBI, his longest streak with at least one run driven in since a four-game stretch in early February.
Muenster picked up his third stolen base of the Big 12 Championship, improving his school career-record to 77.
Senior Ryan Daniel (5-4) started the game and allowed three runs on five hits with four strikeouts in three-plus innings of work. It was his longest outing since a four-inning start against Baylor on April 16 and the most strikeouts for the right-hander since he punched out seven against Milwaukee on March 19.
Carter Jurica did not play Saturday, the first time in 117 games the junior shortstop did not make a start for the Cats dating back to the 2008 Big 12 Championship title game.
Kansas State now turns its attention to the NCAA selection show on Monday as the field of 64 teams for regional play will be announced at 11:30 a.m., on ESPN.