In previewing the Bedlam baseball weekend, we’ve produced a series of topical stories – features on Oklahoma’s dominant ace Jonathan Gray and OSU’s McCurry brothers, along with a trend story on both program’s focus on recruiting in-state players.
One topic not addressed: the importance of this year’s series to the Cowboys and Sooners.
And make no mistake, it’s of vital importance, on both sides, in securing NCAA Tournament traction.
As of now, neither team can count itself in the postseason.
Not even the Sooners, despite the presence of Gray and their place atop the Big 12 Standings from the start of conference play. Recent struggles that reveal a tie at the top with Kansas State and West Virginia and a slipping RPI have put OU in a need to do some résumé work.
The Cowboys, on the other hand, are on the rise, yet still have work to do, still needing to bolster their RPI, which would come with a necessary rise in the Big 12 standings.
From Baseball America college writer Aaron Fitt:
“Oklahoma (No. 44) and OklahomaState (No. 45) could both use RPI boosts heading into their annual Bedlam series…”
So Bedlam is big.
That’s the way we like it, of course. And that’s when the series is at its best.
It’s been a startling tumble for the Sooners, who once carried hopes of not only hosting a regional, but earning one of the eight national seeds, which is the golden ticket for hosting a Super Regional and optimum positioning for a College World Series berth.
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