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Bedlam baseball: Gage Green steals home to give Oklahoma State the win

Saturday, Gage Green's dramatic steal of home in the eighth inning became the winning run, as Oklahoma State won 4-3 before 7,108 at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark.
by John Helsley Published: May 11, 2013
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photo - Oklahoma State's Gage Green steals home as Oklahoma's  Anthony Hermely defends during the Bedlam baseball game between the University of Oklahoma and Oklahoma State University at the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark in Oklahoma CIty, Saturday, May 11, 2013. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman
Oklahoma State's Gage Green steals home as Oklahoma's Anthony Hermely defends during the Bedlam baseball game between the University of Oklahoma and Oklahoma State University at the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark in Oklahoma CIty, Saturday, May 11, 2013. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman

With Green racing for home, Evans rushed his delivery, then sailed his pitch high over catcher Anthony Hermelyn’s head.

“The most interesting thing of that is there’s two strikes,” said OU coach Sunny Golloway. “You don’t have to rush, you just throw a strike. They’re forced to swing at it with a guy trying to steal home. He’d have had him by several steps.

“I’m not sure why they called it, but their risk was evidently to get it thrown away, because the ball was clearly going to beat him by three or four steps. You can do those things when you have the lead.”

The Cowboys had the lead, yet wanted more. And they’d need more, since the Sooners scored a run in their half of the eighth.

“You have to try to be in the moment as much as you can,” Holliday said. “After a lineout, strikeout … the dynamic of that mentality is that (the opponent) starts to feel like they are starting to weave their way out of it.

“That guy has a really good breaking ball and it was a tough matchup for Saul. But you watch film all week long and study your opponent so you can understand situations as they may arise. You look for pickup moves and times to the plate.

“We had the right guy at third base at that moment to put the play in action. We saw it. We knew it was our time to do it. We took, I thought, a shot at a good play.”

Great play, if it works.

And so far in this series, everything seems to be working for the Cowboys.

OSU improved to 36-12 overall and 11-8 in the Big 12, moving past the Sooners into third place in the league standings. OU fell to 34-16 and 11-9, dropping its fourth straight conference game and falling into a fourth-place tie with Baylor.

“A sweep would be great for the Big 12 standings,” said OSU closer Brendan McCurry, who earned his seventh save with 2 2/3 innings of relief. “Putting them one more down would be exactly where we would need to be.”

by John Helsley
OSU Reporter Sr.
John Helsley grew up in Del City, reading all the newspapers and sports magazines he could get his hands on. And Saturday afternoons, when the Major League Game of the Week was on, he'd keep a scorecard for the game. So the sports appeal was was...
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