Max Brown had four hits and sixth-seeded Kansas State beat third-seeded Oklahoma 7-3 on Wednesday in their opening game in the Big 12 baseball tournament.
Brown had a leadoff double and scored during a two-run second inning that gave the Wildcats (27-28) a 3-0 lead. They added two more runs in the third to make it 5-0.
After Oklahoma (32-26) cut it to 5-2 on homers from Taylor Alspaugh and Anthony Hermelyn in the sixth inning off starter Colton Kalmus (2-4), Brown had a two-out, bases-loaded single to plate a pair of runs in the seventh.
Kalmus allowed six hits and struck out six in 5 1/3 innings. Jordan Floyd worked the final 3 2/3 innings, allowing four hits and one run, for his first save of the season.
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Sooners starter Jake Elliott (4-6) lasted just two innings, giving up four hits and two earned runs. Three Oklahoma fielding miscues led to four unearned runs for K-State.
Alspaugh had an RBI single in the seventh and finished with three hits.
K-State will play the West Virginia-Oklahoma State winner Thursday night. Oklahoma will meet the loser in an elimination game Thursday afternoom.
Kansas State 7, Oklahoma 3
7 9 0
3 10 3
W – Kalmus. L – Elliott. HR – OU, Alspaugh, Hermelyn.
Kansas State batting – Yagi 2-5, Wolfe 1-3, Conlon 0-3, Moore 1-5, Brown 4-4, Bee 0-3, Dalrymple 1-4, Chadick 0-3,, Wodtke 0-4.
Kansas State pitching – Kalmus 5 1/3 innings-2 earned runs, Floyd 3 2/3-1.