Big 12 baseball: Bedlam series might grow, but how is the question

Details remain, but OSU coach Frank Anderson and OU coach Sunny Golloway are all for expanding the series.
BY JOHN HELSLEY, Staff Writer, jhelsley@opubco.com Published: April 27, 2012
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Oklahoma State's Frank Anderson wants more home games.

More Bedlam home games.

The Sooners' Sunny Golloway is on board, too.

The chatter entering and exiting Tuesday's Bedlam bonus game in Stillwater focused on an even bigger bonus.

More Bedlam.

Expanded, extended, enhanced Bedlam. Five Sooners-Cowboys clashes, maybe more.

To that, the question is: what's the holdup?

More is better when it comes to Bedlam, especially Bedlam baseball, a sport fully conducive to an expanded series. With interest in local college baseball waning in the shadow of Thunder basketball and too many entertainment options available in the comfort of our own living rooms, there's only one sure sell to get folks stoked and out to the ballpark.

Bedlam.

More is coming, too, it seems, if the details can be agreed upon.

“We should play home and away and then go from there,” Golloway said.

Anderson is thinking more radical.

Under current Big 12 scheduling involving the nine teams that play baseball, every program gets four home and away series. Every program except the team designated as the Bedlam “home” team. That's because there is no Bedlam home team, with the three games played in the pro parks in Tulsa and Oklahoma City.

This year, as the designated Bedlam home team, OSU plays but three conference series at Reynolds Stadium. And considering the Cowboys are 20-3 at home and just 3-14 on the road, well, more league home dates might do the Pokes some good.

Next year, it'll be the Sooners getting shorted a home series.

Anderson's plan: flip the weekend conference series to the campuses and play one game in each of the pro parks — ONEOK in Tulsa, Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark in Oklahoma City — on two separate Tuesdays.

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