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Bedlam baseball: OU, OSU prepare for year's biggest series

With each team clinging to its postseason hopes, Bedlam series will be as big as ever.
by John Helsley Published: May 2, 2012
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Oklahoma State's 6-1 shutdown of Oklahoma two Tuesdays ago didn't mean a thing in the Big 12 baseball standings.

Yet what about as a precursor to this weekend's three-game conference series?

“Seeing them will be good,” Sooner pitcher Damien Magnifico said immediately after taking the loss in the first game. “We're going to come back and we'll come back strong.”

And who would expect anything less?

Not with Bedlam. Not with Tulsa's ONEOK Field a nearing sellout status and strong crowds expected for the weekend at Oklahoma City's Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark.

And not with each team clinging to postseason hopes, with little leeway for losses.

“Oh, it's going to be huge for both teams,” said Cowboys pitcher Randy McCurry.

As it is, OU and OSU eye each other all season, from afar in the early going, yet ever anticipating Bedlam. And for good reason.

The games are the most intense, most-watched and most-attended games in their seasons. And they come with great history and close competition, with the Cowboys leading a tight all-time series 151-144.

“The fans are great,” said Cowboys senior third baseman Mark Ginther. “We have bigger crowds than usual. It's intense. And usually the games are so close, the competition is great.

“I love Bedlam every year.”

The nonconference game served as but a teaser to this weekend's main event. The past two years, since the extra game was added, the team that won the bonus Bedlam game lost the series.

“Hasn't meant much the past two years,” said Sooners coach Sunny Golloway.

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by John Helsley
OSU Reporter Sr.
John Helsley grew up in Del City, reading all the newspapers and sports magazines he could get his hands on. And Saturday afternoons, when the Major League Game of the Week was on, he'd keep a scorecard for the game. So the sports appeal was was...
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Bedlam Baseball

Oklahoma vs. Oklahoma State

Friday: 7 p.m., ONEOK Field, Tulsa

Saturday: 7 p.m., Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark, Oklahoma City

Sunday: 4 p.m., Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark, Oklahoma City

Tickets: $8 general admission lawn tickets are all that remain for the game in Tulsa; tickets priced $15.75 to $25.50 remain for both games in Oklahoma City, available at ticketmaster.com.

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