Rain wiped out Round 1 of Bedlam, leaving the bonus game in the series in doubt due to a lack of dates for rescheduling.
That's unfortunate for OU, which could miss out on its best regular season crowd at Mitchell Park. Unfortunate for OSU, which needs such quality games to boost their RPI, win or lose.
Unfortunate for college baseball in the state, too, with Bedlam always good for goosing the pulse rate of the sport. And this season could use an interest boost, amid so much dreary weather and on the heels of a basketball rebirth at both schools.
Now the Cowboys and Sooners are both heading on the road for back-to-back Big 12 weekend series, putting them out of sight, if not out of mind.
So maybe it would behoove both clubs to find a fit in the schedule to get this game in, even if it means calling Missouri State or Arkansas-Little Rock or New Orleans or Dallas Baptist and begging out or backing out of a commitment.
Bedlam is a big deal when it comes to baseball. And the two coaches acknowledge and appreciate that.
“More than anything, the games are fun to play,” said Sooners coach Sunny Golloway. “The fans enjoy them. The athletes on the yard really enjoy them. I think if the coaches could stay calm and get some sleep at night, they would have a chance to enjoy them.
“It's good. It's really special right now because if you look at the Big 12 and you look at a few of the polls, the schools ranked are the Oklahoma schools. That's good for the state of Oklahoma and baseball in our part of the country.”
So here's hoping …
Big picture, Golloway and OSU's Josh Holliday are both committed to the expanded series, maybe even to the point of expanding it further in the future to five games — home and home nonconference, plus the Big 12 portion in Tulsa and Oklahoma City.
Golloway has pushed for a five-game plan in the past, but found resistance from former Cowboys coach Frank Anderson.
Holliday seems intrigued by the idea, although not without some consternation of his own. He was a player in 1996 — the last time Bedlam played both campuses in a single season — when bench-clearing incidents broke out in Norman and Stillwater in Games 4 and 5 of the series.
Holliday, then a freshman, was even involved the first night in Norman, when he and OU's Derek Wathan were both ejected.
“The last two games turned out pretty rough,” Holliday said. “Swung it out there and swung it out here. I don't know if that's healthy.
“Sometimes if you play too much you get a little bit chippy.”
Holliday said he's grown and matured since then, partly due to lessons taken from that series. And he said he hoped his maturity would reflect in his team.
“You try to teach your team that baseball can be played one way, and that's with an even-keel and a focus and an emotional stimulus of being ready and on your toes,” he said. “And if you get past that, you don't play your best. If you're not at that, you certainly won't play your best.
“I think what you want your kids to do is enjoy the interest in a ballgame like that, versus play any different. Because if you don't, or you get emotional, it won't serve you. Baseball's not to be played emotional the way football is.”
So there's hope.
After all, more is better, right? Maybe even with Bedlam.
Friday: at Texas, 6:30 p.m.
Saturday: at Texas, 2:30 p.m.
Sunday: at Texas, 2 p.m.
April 12: at Baylor, 6:35 p.m.
April 13: at Baylor, 3:05 p.m.
April 14: at Baylor, 1:05 p.m.
Friday: at Kansas, 6 p.m.
Saturday: at Kansas, 2 p.m.
Sunday: at Kansas, 1 p.m.
Tuesday: vs. Oral Roberts, ONEOK Field, Tulsa
April 12: at TCU, 6:30 p.m.
April 13: at TCU, 4 p.m.
April 14: at TCU, 1 p.m.