Oklahoma State could not complete its first Big 12 Conference series sweep of the season Sunday as Kansas State defeated the 27th-ranked Cowboys, 3-2, at Allie P. Reynolds Stadium.With the loss, the Cowboys fell to 27-11 overall and 7-7 in conference play.OSU managed just six hits in the contest, two of those by Robbie Rea, and Tyler Nurdin suffered the loss on the mound to fall to 0-2.Kansas State (28-13, 7-5), which leads the nation in hitting, got a home run from Jared King in the sixth inning that proved to be the winning run."Winning two out of three is certainly better than the alternative, but I really felt with holding them to three runs that it was a ballgame we should have won," said OSU head coach Josh Holliday. "I say that out of respect to Kansas State because if you can hold a team that good to three runs, you should be in position to scrap four or five there and get the win. So I'm very disappointed with the outcome."Big picture, a 3-1 week is a good week, but that could have been a great week. We need a great week, and we weren't able to finish this series the way we should have. Because of that it leaves a bad taste in your mouth. But that's the game when you don't capitalize on situations that we created today, you're gonna look back and regret that."The Wildcats took an early 2-0 lead in the first inning, with Blair DeBord and Austin Fisher collecting back-to-back RBI singles off Nurdin.OSU answered with a run in the bottom of the first when Saulyer Saxon, who was hit by a pitch to open the frame, scored on a fielder's choice RBI from Tanner Krietemeier.The Cowboys would tie the score in the fourth as Rea blasted a solo home run to left field to make it 2-2. The homer was the senior's third of the series and fifth of the season.In the fifth, OSU squandered a golden scoring opportunity. Gage Green led off the inning with a triple but two batters later was thrown out at the plate after a ground ball to first base.After keeping K-State off the scoreboard for four consecutive innings, Nurdin surrendered a leadoff home run to King to open the sixth, a shot that provided the final 3-2 margin.The Cowboys were poised to score again in the sixth after Victor Romero delivered a leadoff double, but the OSU catcher was stranded on second after Jake Matthys retired the next three hitters.Matthys allowed just two hits over the final 4.1 innings to improve to 6-0 on the season. In the ninth, the right-hander surrendered a leadoff single to Rea, but the Cowboys stranded pinch runner Jarrett Higgins on second base when Green struck out to end the game.The Cowboys return to action Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. when they host Wichita State at 6:30 p.m.
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