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Sooners & Wildcats Victorious in NCAA Regional Openers
May 31, 2013

Oklahoma (41-19) and Kansas State (42-17) earned victories on opening day of the NCAA Regionals. The Wildcats’ superb offense generated 20 runs against in-state foe Wichita State, while OU ace Jonathan Gray twirled a complete game in a 7-3 Sooner win over Coastal Carolina. Oklahoma State, meanwhile, was shutout by Miami, Fla., 7-0.

No. 18 Oklahoma 7, Coastal Carolina 3 (Blacksburg Regional)
Saturday: No. 18 Oklahoma vs. Connecticut, 4:30 p.m. CT (ESPN3)

The Sooners were down but not out, rallying to defeat Coastal Carolina, 7-3, in their NCAA Regional opener at English Field Friday.

Oklahoma trailed 3-0 after two innings, but scored seven unanswered runs and shut down the Chanticleer offense with a complete-game from Gray (10-2).

Coastal Carolina starter Tyler Herb struggled with accuracy from the outset, but it didn’t cost run until the fourth. Herb hit his third batter of the game, Hector Lorenzana, to leadoff the inning, then walked Anthony Hermelyn before Colt Bickerstaff doubled down the right field line for an RBI.

Patrick Corbett (2-3) relieved Herb following Bickerstaff’s double and retired the next three in order, but not before Garrett Carey’s batted in Hermelyn with a grounder to second base.

Jack Mayfield led off the fifth with a base hit to right field and Max White laid a drag bunt down the third base line that was thrown wide by Suseck, allowing Mayfield to advanced to third and White to second. Matt Oberste singled to right center, bringing home both for the go-ahead scores.

The Sooners had the bases loaded with no outs in the sixth when Coastal Carolina changed to submarining right-hander Ryan Connolly. Connolly struck out Mayfield, but White delivered a single through left side on an 0-2 count to score Taylor Alspaugh.

Mayfield and White hit back-to-back doubles in the eighth, with the latter scoring a run, to cushion the lead for Gray, who threw a career-high 129 pitches. White later scored on a delayed steal as the Chanticleer catcher Josh Powell tried to throw out Oberste, who reached on a bunt single, stealing second.

No. 13 Kansas State 20, Wichita State 11 (Manhattan Regional)
Saturday: Bryant at No. 13 Kansas State, 7:00 p.m.  (ESPNU)

Kansas State scored nine first-inning runs, while second baseman Ross Kivett hit a pair of home runs as the top-seeded Wildcats opened the 2013 NCAA Manhattan Regional with a 20-11 victory over No. 4-seed Wichita State Friday afternoon at Tointon Family Stadium.

K-State scored in every inning except the second and scored their 20 runs on 19 hits as eight of the nine starters recorded at least one hit and six had multi-hit games. Kansas State also coaxed nine walks from Wichita State pitching and was hit by a pitch six times, the second-most ever in a NCAA Tournament game. Kivett led the way with four hits and four RBI, while Tanner Witt also had four hits and drove in one run and Jon Davis had four RBI.

Kansas State’s 20 runs were the most in its NCAA Tournament history, topping a 16-run effort against Xavier in 2009, while they were the most by a Wildcat team overall since a 20-2 victory over Chicago State on April 28, 2010. K-State’s 19 hits were also a season high and the most since collecting 21 at San Diego State early in 2012.

The Wildcats were not without their faults, however, as they allowed five two-run innings and gave up their second-most runs in a NCAA Regional game.

After Wichita State scored two runs in the top off the first, the Wildcats sent 15 men to the plate in the bottom half, which was highlighted by two-run singles by Davis and Austin Fisher. K-State also received RBI singles by Mitch Meyer and Witt, a pair of bases-loaded walks by Davis and Jared King, while another run scored on an error.

The nine runs in the first inning were the most by a Wildcat team in a NCAA Regional game, topping an eight-run third inning in K-State’s first-ever regional game against Xavier in 2009. The 11 combined runs in the first inning tied a NCAA record for first-inning runs in a tournament game.

Kivett, who had one career home run coming into the contest, recorded two-run homers over the left-field wall in both the sixth and seventh innings, the latter extending K-State’s lead to 18-9. His two home runs were the most by a Wildcat since King had two at CSU Bakersfield in 2011.

Meyer went 2-for-5 and drove in three runs, including a two-run double in the third inning. Fisher, who has had just one at-bat in the last five games, earned his first start since the opener against Oklahoma and shined by going 3-for-4 with three RBI. Fisher has a hit in 19 of his last 20 games as he lost an 18-game hitting streak in last week’s Big 12 Championship by going 0-for-1 against Texas Tech before being pulled due to an injury.

Left-handed reliever Jared Moore (4-0) earned the win after allowing two runs on four hits in 2.1 innings of work. The Boulder, Colo., product struck out a season-high four batters, including two in the third inning to put a stop to a potential big inning.

Miami (Fla.) 7, No. 18 Oklahoma State 0 (Louisville Regional)
Saturday: No. 18 Oklahoma State vs. Bowling Green, 11:00 a.m. CT (ESPN3)

Oklahoma State lost in its first NCAA Baseball Championship appearance since 2011 as second-seeded Miami (Fla.) (37-23) knocked off the third-seeded Cowboys, 7-0, Friday at Jim Patterson Stadium.

The loss was the fifth in a row for OSU, marking their longest losing streak of the season, as the Cowboys fell to 39-18.

Jason Hursh suffered the loss on the mound as the sophomore right-hander allowed five runs, three of them earned, on seven hits in 4.1 innings. He struck out two and walked two and fell to 6-5 on the season.

The Cowboys managed just four hits and left 12 runners stranded on the base paths as Miami sophomore southpaw Chris Diaz struck out a career-high 10 in seven shutout innings to improve to 7-5.

OSU looked poised to get on the scoreboard early. In the second inning, a single by Randy McCurry and walks to Zach Fish and Victor Romero loaded the bases with one out. But Diaz struck out Aaron Cornell and Gage Green to escape the threat.

Each of OSU’s four hits on the day were singles, with two of those off the bat of McCurry. Over the final five innings, the Cowboys, who drew seven walks in the game, left multiple runners on base three times – in the fifth, sixth and eighth frames.

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