TULSA — Oklahoma State pitcher Andrew Heaney talked earlier this week about setting a tone for the Bedlam baseball weekend.
Friday night at ONEOK Field, Heaney made it a tone of silence for the Sooners.
The Cowboys' Game 1 starter, Heaney allowed just three hits – all singles – and struck out seven in a dominant complete-game performance, sending OSU to a 3-0 win before an overflow crowd of 9,158.
Heaney didn't allow a baserunner over the final four innings and retired the final 13 OU batters in order. Only two Sooners reached as far as second base, both in the second inning, when the Cowboys left-hander worked out of his only real jam of the night.
Once the Cowboys broke through with two runs in the third, Heaney essentially cruised, limiting OU to two baserunners the rest of the way — both erased on double plays.
Was the tone set, in a series matching two teams scrambling to make a late-season statement toward postseason play?
“I hope so,” Heaney said. “When we score early, it lets the pitchers relax. I don't think it was a coincidence that the inning we scored, I started getting in a groove.
“It makes you comfortable when you can pitch with a lead, not worry about giving up a double in the gap or a home run or something like that. It sets a tone for the game, scoring first, but setting a tone for the series, too.”
The series shifts to Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark on Saturday, with a 7:06 p.m. first pitch.
OSU, winners of nine straight, improved to 27-17 overall and 12-8 in the Big 12. OU dropped to 29-18 and 9-9.
A premium pitching matchup lived up to pre-game billing, with Sooners starter Jordan John a hard-luck loser. He, too, went the distance, scattering seven singles. But the Cowboys nicked him for a pair of two-out runs in the third, with Robbie Rea and Jared Womack delivering back-to-back, run-scoring singles. Hunter Bailey made it 3-0 with an RBI single in the fifth.