Kyler Murray And Levi Prater Lead Oklahoma In 2-0 Win Over Kansas State

Kyler Murray went 3-for-3 from the plate and Levi Prater didn’t allow a hit in the first start of his Oklahoma career as the Sooners took the final home series of the season with a 2-0 win over Kansas State.

Murray has been a one-man wrecking crew against the Wildcats. A day after recording a 4-RBI performance in Oklahoma’s 11-0 win to open the series, he was perfect from the plate and scored both of OU’s runs.

The Sooners didn’t require a lot of offense to beat the Wildcats on Saturday as the pitching staff rebounded from a rough Bedlam Weekend to record their second consecutive shutout.

Prater only went 4.1 innings in his start but he was effective from the mound. He allowed no hits, and struck out two, but the three free passes in a one-run game resulted in an early exit.

Kyle Tyler picked up the win, after tossing 3.1 inning of relief, to improve his season record to 4-2. Braidyn Fink and Austin Hansen kept the shutout going from there, with Hansen picking up his third save.

Prater put himself in a jam in the top of the fourth but was able to work himself out of it. With one away in the frame he walked Cameron Thompson and then pegged Drew Mount with a pitch to put two runners on for the Wildcats. Collecting himself, after a coaches visit to the mound, he fanned Jordan Maxson and then got Trent McMaster to ground out to second.

Oklahoma’s first run of the afternoon came in the bottom of the second. Kyler Murray led off with a double to the left-center field gap and then came home of a sacrifice, to deep center, off the bat of Kyle Mendenhall.

Murray plated his second run in the bottom of the seventh. After leading off the inning with a single, he was moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Brady Lindsly. Three batters later Cade Cavalli singled through the left side, allowing Murray to show off his speed while scoring from second.

Saturday’s win was the 30th of the season for the Sooners and improved their Big 12 record to 12-8. The third and final game of their series with Kansas State will be Sunday afternoon. It will also be the final home game of the season of Oklahoma. First pitch is scheduled for 1:00 PM.

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