Thornton helps Sooners even series with KSU

Senior first baseman Eric Thornton (pictured above) knocked in three RBI, including the eventual game-winning RBI single in the top of the 11th inning, to push the Sooners past Kansas State 10-8 Saturday in Manahattan.

The Oklahoma baseball team kept their Big 12 Tournament hopes alive Saturday with a come-from-behind 10-8 win in extra innings over Kansas State in Manhattan.

The Sooners trailed 7-2 going into the top of the eighth, but got a pair of two-run homers from Eric Thornton and Russell Raley to cut the lead to 7-6.

OU then added two more runs, on a two-run home run by Ryan Rohlinger, in the top of the ninth to take an 8-7 lead, but the Wildcats tied the game in the bottom of the inning when Garrett Patterson walked KSU pinch-hitter Matt Marasco with the bases loaded.

Both teams went scoreless in the 10th, but Thornton delivered again for the Sooners with an RBI single in the top of the 11th that gave OU the lead for good. And one batter later, Matt Bose gave Oklahoma some insurance when his RBI single pushed the lead to 10-8.

Will Savage, who bailed the Sooners out of a bases loaded situation with one out in the bottom of the ninth after KSU tied the game, shut the Wildcats out over the last 2.2 innings to improve to 6-3 on the year.

Thornton finished the day 3-for-5 with a team-high three RBI. In all, OU's two through six spots in the batting order finished a combined 13-for-32 at the plate.

With the win, Oklahoma improved to 25-21 overall and 8-12 in Big 12 play. Kansas State fell to 25-21 overall and 8-15 in conference action. KSU won the first game of the series 8-5 Friday night.

The Sooners and Wildcats will play the third and final game of the series at 1 p.m. on Sunday.

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