Kansas State's Nate Griep was masterful in his complete game shutout performance of Oklahoma on Friday night. The Wildcats' sophomore hurler only fanned three Oklahoma batters but kept the Sooners off the board only allowed three hits in nine innings of work.
Griep was supported by a two-run bottom of the first for KSU. The Wildcats added another in the fourth and then two more in the fifth to give them more than enough support to derail the struggling Sooners.
Oklahoma starter Jake Elliott dropped to 4-5 on the season after lasting just 4.1 innings. He was responsible for all five of the Wildcats' runs (four of them earned) and allowed seven hits to four strikeouts.
This is a crucial weekend for Oklahoma Baseball as the Sooners are coming off a series loss to Oklahoma State and have TCU coming to Norman next weekend. A series win would most likely lock up a berth in the NCAA Tournament for OU where as a loss would certainly leave their future in a bit of doubt.
Craig Aikin, Anthony Hermelyn, and Chris Shaw were the three Sooners to get hits off Griep. Game two of the series against the Wildcats is set for 2:00 on Saturday afternoon.