Entering the Bedlam baseball series, the pitching focus centered on the Sooners' staff, led by ace and potential No. 1 draft pick Jonathan Gray.
Through two games, Oklahoma State's pitchers have controlled the series.
After Jason Hursh went the distance in Friday night's 4-3 win, Tyler Nurdin spotted the Cowboys 5 2/3 strong innings Saturday, carrying a no-hitter into the fifth. Armed with a game plan provided by coaches Josh Holliday and Rob Walton, Nurdin earned the win, with help from relievers Vince Wheeland and Brendan McCurry.
“I didn't really think too much about it,” Nurdin said of his matchup with Gray. “I just listened to Rob and Josh all week long and all day today and yesterday. I just knew what I had to do to take care of business.”
The Sooners get left-hander Dillon Overton (8-2) back for Sunday's game, after he missed two weeks with elbow inflammation. The Cowboys counter with right-hander Mark Robinette (5-0).
WHAT'S THE COUNT?
At the plate in a key spot in the sixth inning, OU's Matt Oberste lost track of the count.
And it cost him — and the Sooners.
Down 3-0 at the time, OU had the bases loaded with one out. Oberste was facing Nurdin with a 2-2 count, but thought it was 3-1 after Nurdin's fourth offering came inside — yet not too inside, with home plate umpire Randy Bruns calling it a strike.
On the next pitch, Oberste took called strike three, as he broke for first base.
“It was pretty loud and I didn't hear him call strike,” Oberste said, the Big 12 leader in most hitting categories. “Then (Nurdin) threw that curveball and he called it a strike and called me out.
“I was shocked. But it's my fault. I should have looked at the board or asked him the count.”
The Sooners went on to score two in the inning, but could have had more.
HURTING COWBOYS QUESTIONABLE FOR GAME 3
OSU catcher Victor Romero, who missed Friday night's game, returned behind the plate Saturday and played all nine innings. But his status for Sunday is questionable, depending on how he responds.
Romero suffered a broken middle finger on his left hand while attempting to bunt in last Sunday's final game at Texas Tech.
Shortstop Randy McCurry is also questionable, complaining of a sore upper back after being hit below his left shoulder by a 98 mph fastball from OU's Gray.