The Friday night baseball game between Oklahoma State and Kansas State looked as if it were shaping up to be close at O’Brate Stadium, but that changed quickly in a single inning.
OSU defeated the Wildcats 14-5 after a seven-run seventh inning.
The Wildcats (13-8 overall, 0-1 Big 12) started potential first-round pick Jordan Wicks, who was chased out after the sixth inning. This was key because the Cowboys torched the Wildcat bullpen in the next inning to create a 10-run cushion.
Brock Mathis hit a two-run home run in the sixth inning to help send Wicks to the bench, and he scored in that seventh inning rally.
“Obviously that seventh inning put the stamp on the ground a little bit, but we still took it pitch-by-pitch and had great at-bats,” Mathis said. “That’s just what we have to do in order to keep going.”
The Cowboys (13-6-1, 2-2) got contributions from many players in the inning, but the biggest was from senior Max Hewitt.
Hewitt had the first hit of the inning, which was a two RBI single to put the Cowboys up 8-2.
Hewitt said the big inning freed them up to be on the attack.
“Anytime you can pull ahead, that frees you up,” Hewitt said. “We know in the long run, our goals are gonna be determined by being able to play the pitch the right way whether it’s a one-run game or a seven-run game.”
Other than the seventh inning, Hewitt was big all night going 3-for-5 with four RBIs.
Mathis said something he has learned from Hewitt is to be consistent every day and to not take whatever is going on outside of baseball to the practice field.
“It was a big night for Max,” Mathis said. “I was so happy for him. He’s literally the same guy every single day. To see him clutch up tonight in those big situations, that’s gonna translate later down the road for our team.”
The inning stretched the lead and left KSU with little hope of winning. The win was the largest for the Cowboys this season.
Coach Josh Holliday said it was important because they saved their closer, Brett Standlee, for later in the series.
“That separation we created in the score was a big deal,” Holliday said. “Clearly, that seven-run inning made a big difference. There’s just no doubt about it.”