Made to look foolish in the opener, Oklahoma rallied from

"an old-fashion kicking" to split a Big Eight Conference

doubleheader with Kansas State on April Fools' night at

Dale Mitchell Park in Norman.

Junior righthander Jim Huslig overcame one bad inning to

pitch his best game of the year, a 6-3 Sooner victory in

the nightcap that offset KSU's 12-1 thrashing in the opener.

Russ Ringgenberg triggered a 14-hit Kansas State assault

with a double and three singles to support Dave Hierholzer's

six-hitter in the early game.

"You've got to respect a team that can hit like that,"

said Huslig. "They showed what they could do."

The Wildcats showed Huslig a glimpse in the late game, matching

OU's three-run first-inning outburst in the top of the second.

Craig Wilson's fourth consecutive double keyed the rally

and he scored on a Brad Rippelmeyer double to right. But

those hits were the last extra-base hits allowed by Huslig

in the seven-inning game.

"It was like I was letting up," said Huslig. "I need

to keep psyching myself up."

OU's offensive return helped the psychological process.

The Sooners scored three in the first on a Mark Cole double,

a Chris Ebright single and Wade Inman's run-scoring single.

Scott Campbell, a late replacement for injured third baseman

Rich Samplinski, spurred a three-run third-inning with a

two-run homer, his second of the doubleheader.

The sophomore transfer from Southern California was asked

to fill in after Samplinski aggravated a stress fracture

in his foot.

Huslig's performance may have been his last chance to remain

in the Big Eight pitching rotation. And, he considers himself

lucky to have been given one more chance.

"I didn't think I was going to get to start," said the

junior who brought an 0-2 record and 9.47 earned run average

into the game. "It meant a lot for my confidence for (pitching)

coach (Stan) Meek to give me another shot. I'm thankful

he stuck with me."

Another struggling Sooner starter, Mike Ponio, was not so

fortunate. KSU ripped the righthander right off the bat.

Given an immediate 3-0 lead, Hierholzer never encountered

difficulty en route to the Cats' first baseball victory

in Norman since 1981. Of the six hits he surrendered, two

were by No. 3 hitter Ebright and three came from Campbell's

seventh spot in the order. Five of the six hits came with

two out.

The 16-5 Wildcats pounded a quartet of OU pitchers in the

opener. Ringgenberg's double keyed a three-run first inning

and his third-inning single was one of five hits in a six-run

frame that swelled KSU's lead to 9-0.

Successive hits by Bill Barnard and Craig Wilson delivered

two runs each in the decisive inning.

Kansas State added single runs in the fourth, fifth and

seventh innings to complete the rout.

"They gave us an old-fashioned kicking in the first game,"

said OU coach Enos Semore. "So it was important for us

to jump out on them in the first inning and make a statement."

OU, 17-7 overall and 2-1 in conference games, will start

Kory Keling in Sunday's 2 p.m. series closer.

ORU 14-19, New Mexico State 12-11: The Titans banged out

16 hits, including three home runs, two by Rod Steiner,

to defeat the Aggies in the first game of a doubleheader

sweep at Las Cruces, N.M. Andy Summers, who hit a solo home

run in the first game, cracked two more in the nightcap

as the Titans outlasted the Aggies.

ORU improved its record to 24-10, while New Mexico State

fell to 27-16.

The teams play a single game Sunday at noon.

OU 1-6, KANSAS STATE 12-3

First Game

Kansas State 306 110 1 - 12 14 0

Oklahoma 000 001 0 - 1 6 0

Hierholzer and Skala. Ponio, Cobb (3), Dean (3), Inman

(4) and Cox. W - Hierholzer (4-0). L - Ponio (2-2). HR - KSU,

Collins (6); OU, Campbell (2).

Second Game

Kansas State 030 000 0 - 3 7 0

Oklahoma 303 000 x - 6 7 0

Peterson and Skala. Huslig and Cox. W - Huslig (1-2). L - Peterson

(4-2). HR - Campbell (3).

ORU 14-19, NEW MEXICO STATE 12-11

Second Game

ORU 543 200 0 - 14 16 2

New Mexico 032 200 5 - 12 13 3

Wheatley and Marseilles; Vega, Koester (1), Nute (2),

Cruz (5) and Curtis. W - Wheatley (3-3). L - Vega (2-2). HR - ORU,

Summers (5), Steiner 2 (7). New Mexico, Moccia (13), Hollister (5).

Second Game

ORU 313 306 120 - 19 17 3

New Mexico 102 402 101 - 11 15 5

Watkins, Franklin (4) and Blake; Chafin, Campbell (6),

Griego (6), Troy (7) and Curtis, Rickert (8). W - Franklin

(3-0). L - Chafin (5-4). HR - ORU, Summers 2 (7), Meade (4),

Stengel (4), Berry (4). New Mexico, Williams (6), Fanning

(8), Padilla (2).