By Jason Elmquist
STILLWATER, Okla. —
Keeping Kansas State's offense in check hasn't been the easiest task for any team this season. So when Oklahoma State held them to just three runs Sunday, a victory would have been expected.
And because of that, OSU coach Josh Holliday wasn't all too pleased when his 27th-ranked Cowboy squad couldn't do enough to complete the sweep of the Wildcats — instead losing the finale 3-2 at Allie P. Reynolds Stadium.
"Winning two out of three is certainly better than the alternative, but I really felt with holding them to three runs that it was a ballgame we should have won," Holliday said. “I say that out of respect to Kansas State because if you can hold a team that good to three runs, you should be in position to scrap four or five there and get the win. So I’m very disappointed with the outcome. “Big picture, a 3-1 week is a good week, but that could have been a great week. We need a great week, and we weren’t able to finish this series the way we should have. Because of that it leaves a bad taste in your mouth. But that’s the game — when you don’t capitalize on situations that we created today, you’re gonna look back and regret that.”
The Wildcats took an early 2-0 lead in the first inning, with Blair DeBord and Austin Fisher collecting back-to-back RBI singles off Nurdin. OSU (27-11, 7-7 in Big 12) answered with a run in the bottom of the first when Saulyer Saxon, who was hit by a pitch to open the frame, scored on a fielder’s choice RBI from Tanner Krietemeier.
The Cowboys would square things up with a Robbie Rea home run — his third of the series and fifth of the year — in the fourth inning.
In the next inning, OSU squandered a chance to take the lead for the first time in the contest. Gage Green led off the inning with a triple down the right field line, but two batters later he was thrown out at the plate on a ground ball to first.
Kansas State (28-13, 7-5) would get a solo home run of its own from Jared King off of OSU starting pitcher Tyler Nurdin to lead off the sixth for the deciding run.
Oklahoma State is scheduled to return to action Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. — weather permitting — for a home game with Wichita State.