The way things set up Wednesday, with aces aplenty on both sides, Sooners coach Sunny Golloway figured Bedlam at the Big 12 Tournament would come down to one magical moment at the plate.
Yet when rolling through the list of potential candidates in a chat with pitching coach Jack Giese, Oklahoma nine-hole hitter Garrett Carey wasn't on the tip of his tongue.
“I told coach Giese,” Golloway said, “‘This will be a game where someone is gonna run into a pitch. Whatever you guys call, have courage. I trust you, but it really is going to come down to (OSU's Mark) Ginther or Cody Reine running into a pitch.
“I didn't mention Garrett Carey.”
Carey inserted himself into Bedlam lore, ending a dominant pitching run by Oklahoma State's Andrew Heaney, driving a ninth-inning home run into the left field seats for a walk-off 1-0 win at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark.
The Sooners, getting superb pitching from Dillon Overton and Steven Okert, improved to 36-21 overall, likely ensuring themselves a spot in the NCAA Tournament. They'll face Wednesday's Baylor-Kansas State winner Thursday at 4 p.m.
Heaney, the Big 12's Pitcher of the Year, had cruised into the ninth, striking out eight while allowing just two singles and a walk while needing but 86 pitches. The performance was a continuation of mastery over the Sooners that featured 17 scoreless innings, beginning with a shutout in the Bedlam series opener in Tulsa back on May 4.
And Wednesday's ninth inning offered little resistance, with the .210-hitting Carey due up first, followed by left-handed batters Erik Ross and Cody Reine, who were a combined 2-for-13 with six strikeouts in the two games against Heaney.
Carey, however, dramatically altered Heaney's happy homecoming, turning on the Putnam City product's third pitch for the game-winner.