Oklahoma catcher Brady Lindsly went 2-for-4 and drove in a run in the third inning that gave Oklahoma an early 1-0 lead but the offensive production would stall out after that.
Kansas State answered in the bottom half of the frame and then went ahead in the fifth and then build a comfortable 5-1 lead by scoring two runs in the seventh, on a squeeze bunt by former Sooner Thomas Hughes, and then plated one more run in the eight.
The Sooners tried to rally in the top of the ninth, ultimately loading the bases, but were only able to push one run across the plate when Tyler Hardman scored on a fielder’s choice off the bat of Tanner Tredaway.
Levi Prater totaled double-digit strikeouts for the second time this season, striking out 11 batters over 6.1 innings of work but ended up taking his fourth loss of the season.
The Sooners and Wildcats will play the series-deciding finale on Sunday afternoon. First pitch is scheduled for 1:00 pm (CT).