Oklahoma adjusted its approach to Cowboys pitcher Kyle Ottoson, figuring him out instead of flailing against him, as it did less than two weeks ago.Jonathan Gray adjusted the Bedlam Series, throwing zeros at Oklahoma State for seven innings at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark, before the Sooners held on 8-4, squaring the weekend at one game each. The deciding Game 3 — in a key series for both teams' NCAA postseason hopes — is set for 4:07 p.m. Sunday at the Brick. Gray all but ensured Sooner hope for another day, controlling the Cowboys after his teammates spotted him with a 3-0 lead in the top of the first inning. The big right-hander allowed just four hits, walked four and struck out seven. He allowed but one baserunner to reach third through seven innings, before finally tiring in the eighth. That's when the Cowboys finally broke through against Gray and two relievers, scoring four runs. Still, Gray tied a career-high with seven innings pitched, improving to 5-4, with arguably his biggest win as a Sooner. “Felt really good,” Gray said. “It really helps, too, when the offense comes out and bangs the ball around the yard. I feed off that and it makes things easy for me.” For OU designated hitter Matt Oberste, there was no argument on his career night, which included a 4-for-4 performance that featured a home run, two runs batted in and two runs scored. Oberste's homer, a shot that cleared everything in left field, led off the second inning and spurred OSU coach Frank Anderson to end Ottoson's night. The little-known Oberste was batting just .269 entering the game, with 67 official at-bats. He'd hit just one home run and driven in 10 runs and had never had more than two hits in a game. In their previous outing against Ottoson, the Sooners struggled against his array of slow stuff, chasing pitches out of the zone and managing mostly feeble at-bats. That night in Stillwater — a 6-1 win — Ottoson gave up five singles and retired 12 straight at one point, pitching into the ninth inning. This time, Ottoson didn't make it out of the second. He scuffled through the first, walking two and giving up a sacrifice fly and two hits, including a two-run triple by Cody Reine. Then Oberste's blast signaled his end. “When we faced him in Stillwater, we chased a lot of balls out of the zone, because he had that big, loopy curve ball,” Reine said. “Tonight, we focused on seeing pitches in the zone. And I think we did a good job with that. “It always helps seeing the pitcher for the second time. The first time, you're still trying to figure out what he has.” The Cowboys used four pitchers in all, with the Sooners finishing with 11 hits. By the time OSU finally managed some success at the plate, they found themselves far behind. “It's tough,” said Cowboys center fielder Saulyer Saxon, “especially when Gray had all his stuff. He was good. We never thought we were out of it. In the end, we started to battle him, but we got started too late.” OSU missed an opportunity to move into a three-way tie with Texas and Texas A&M in the Big 12 standings, instead falling to 12-8 and fourth place in league play, 27-18 overall. The Sooners improved to 10-9 and 30-18.