STILLWATER, Okla. Due to unplayable field conditions Sunday at Allie P. Reynolds Stadium, the second game of Friday’s suspended double-header was ruled official, giving No. 16 Kansas State the win over Oklahoma State, 3-2. The series finale between the two teams was also canceled and will not be made up.
With the victory, the Wildcats tied the single-season school record for wins as they improved to 35-11-1 overall and 12-7-1 in conference play. The 12 conference wins are the most since K-State won 13 Big 12 games in 2002.
Oklahoma State fell to 29-19 overall and 6-13 in conference action.
After K-State opened the weekend series with a 5-3 win in the first game of a double-header Friday, game two was halted in the top of the seventh inning with Kansas State holding a one-run lead. The Cats had a runner on third base with two outs when heavy rains engulfed Allie P. Reynolds Stadium and play was suspended. The teams attempted to finish the second game and play game three of the series on Saturday, but standing water in the outfield forced the teams to wait until Sunday.
Junior pitcher A.J. Morris (11-0) earned his third complete game of the season, throwing six innings while allowing two runs only one of which was earned on four hits with one walk and four strikeouts. The right-hander forced Oklahoma State to strand runners in scoring position in the first and third innings, but two hits and an error brought home a pair of Cowboy runs in the sixth.
Tyler Lyons (5-4) was saddled with loss, allowing three runs on 10 hits in 6.2 innings.
Carter Jurica caused havoc for Lyons as the sophomore went 3-for-4 with three doubles and a run scored. The second baseman recorded the most doubles by a Wildcat since Justin Bloxom also had three at Oklahoma last season.
Jason King, Dane Yelovich and Nick Martini each drove in a run.
Kansas State plated single runs in each of the first three innings. Jurica laced a one-out double down the right-field line in the first before Martini singled into right field to score Jurica and give K-State a 1-0 lead.
In the second, Yelovich hit a grounder to shortstop with one out and runners on first and third. But the speedy senior was able to beat the throw from second to avoid a double play and allow Drew Biery to score to make it 2-0.
Martini tallied his second single of the game to lead off the third inning and stole second base. The freshman advanced to third on a groundout and scored when King scorched a single into left field to give the Cats a three-run advantage.
Kansas State will have a quick turnaround as the Cats host BYU for a two-game series, beginning at 6:30 p.m., Monday. It'll be team day at Tointon Family Stadium as little league teams will be admitted free with a reservation. Call (785) 532-6911 for details.