Pitching fails against red-hot Oklahoma State offense 

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Kansas State baseball finished strong with a 10-0 win over Southeast Missouri State on May 7. (Archive photo by Jersey Johnson | Collegian Media Group)

It was another offensive day at the O’Brate stadium as the Oklahoma State Cowboys won in another slugfest against Kansas State baseball 19-5. With the series tied, the race for second in the Big 12 leaves much anticipation for Game 3.

Scoring began early and often as both starting pitchers struggled through the first inning. Third baseman Kaelen Culpepper opened it up in the top with an RBI double driven deep.

The Cowboys would come back in the bottom of the first with a single, two doubles and a sacrifice fly resulting in starting pitcher German Fajardo leaving the mound early.

Oklahoma State continued piling on its large lead in the second with another double and a sac fly to take a 7-1 lead in the third inning.

K-State began to rally in the fourth with three consecutive home runs from Culpepper, second baseman Brady Day and shortstop Nick Goodwin to cut the Cowboy lead to three. It would be short-lived as Oklahoma State continued its hot hitting in the fourth and fifth, going up 14-4.

Catcher Jayden Lobliner finished the scoring for the Wildcats in the sixth as a single sent home first baseman Roberto Pena.

The Wildcats had an opportunity for scoring through the later innings, but Oklahoma State capitalized on inconsistent pitching. Oklahoma State finished the sixth and the seventh with two homers and two unearned runs.

K-State fielding was shaken up all afternoon with two errors in play and two unearned runs scored off of poor decisions and fielding.

K-State started six different pitchers on the mound with Fajardo recording the loss, bumping his record to 3-3.

Oklahoma State had four different pitchers playing, with Bayden Roots recording his seventh win of the season.

Chase Adikson had a productive day for the Cowboys with three hits, three runs, a homer and a double resulting in four RBI in the afternoon.

Culpepper had the best performance among the Wildcat hitters with three plate appearances. He went three for three with a homer, double and hit-by-pitch. 

K-State will look to bounce back in Game 3 against the Cowboys at 1 p.m. on Sunday.

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