With only eight teams qualifying for the Big 12 baseball tournament at the end of the month, Oklahoma's series against Kansas State has huge implications. After a Friday night loss to the Wildcats the Sooners were in danger of slipping down the standings but after an 11-1 thumping of Kansas State on Saturday OU is guaranteed to at least exit the weekend in sixth place.
Jack Flansburg, Sheldon Neuse, and Cody Thomas each recorded two hits and eight Sooner batters recorded at least one RBI as Oklahoma's offense came to life in Norman Saturday afternoon. OU never trailed in the game after scoring single runs in the first two frames and then posting a two-spot in the third. After Kansas State posted their lone run of the afternoon in the fourth, the Sooners blew the game open in the fifth by posting six runs.
Starter Jake Irvin went seven strong innings for Oklahoma, striking out five batters and allowing just the one run. Kansas State hasn't won a baseball series in Norman since 1971 and the Sooners can keep that streak alive with a series clinching win on Sunday. Also at stake for OU is the potential to move into fifth place depending on what happens with the Texas/West Virginia series.
First pitch in Sunday's series finale is set for 1:00 PM.