Oklahoma Baseball: Sooners drop series finale at Kansas State

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NORMAN – A disappointing end to what had been a dominating weekend.

After hanging 22 points on the board in a blowout victory Saturday, Oklahoma wrapped up its series with Kansas State on Sunday afternoon at L. Dale Mitchell Park in Norman.

Unfortunately for the Sooners and unlike last weekend, they were unable to complete the sweep falling to the Wildcats 8-7.

The start for Oklahoma was right-handed Cade Hortonwho returned to the fold after a back injury forced him to quickly quit his last start a week ago.

Although it wasn’t for long, Horton was effective in both innings allowing just one run and one hit.

Record the next ten outs after Horton was left-handed Chazz Martinezwhich was great in relief on Sunday.

The JUCO transfer ran 3.1 scoreless innings allowing just one hit and no runs with a pair of strikeouts.

Trailing 1-0 late in the first, the Sooners’ second baseman Jackson Nicklaus would trigger the OU offense right away with a solo shot to left center that tied the game.

Nicklaus has homered in every game of the series.

Brett Squires put Oklahoma ahead just an inning later with his own home run, a two-run shot to left center to make it 3-1 in favor of OU.

After the Wildcats worked a run in the fifth to cut the deficit in half, Nicklaus would recover it once again for the Sooners with an RBI single to extend the two-run lead to 4-2.

One inning later, third baseman Wallace Clark doubled Oklahoma’s lead with a two-run double cut at third base. The Sooners led 6-2 after six innings.

But that’s when Kansas State’s offense would begin to kick off.

The Wildcats scored two goals in the seventh on RBI hits from Kaelen Culpepper and Dylan Phillips to reduce the two-point deficit to 6-4.

KSU then jumped ahead in the eighth strike for four runs on a solo home run by Josh Nicoloffan RBI doubled by Justin Mitchell and a circuit of two points by Dominique Johnson.

Oklahoma would work a run back in the eighth on a sacrificial fly by Horton, but that would be it as the Wildcats bullpen held on for the 8-7 victory.

The tough loss drops Oklahoma to 27-15 on the year and ends its five-game Big 12 winning streak, dropping its league record to 9-6.

After a day off Monday, the Sooners will exit the Big 12 for a midweek matchup at Dallas Baptist at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday night.

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