Oklahoma State coach Josh Holliday calmly argued a bang-bang play in the fifth inning of OSU's 5-4 loss to Oklahoma on Sunday, claiming to plate umpire Randy Wetzel that his runner touched the plate before OU's catcher tagged him.
Three innings later, Holliday became a bit more infuriated after Wetzel deemed OSU outfielder Gage Green had intentionally leaned into a pitch and called him back to the plate.
Then, moments after, another call went against Holliday and the Cowboys, with the potential tying run getting mowed down on a 50-50 play.
“It didn't get ugly with Randy,” Holliday said. “I just told him, ‘OK, man, you're going to have to throw me out now, because I've been out here three times. We can stay out here and talk about it, but you're going to have to throw me out.' And he agreed. He said, ‘OK, if that's how it's gotta be.'”
It was the first ejection for the first-year coach and not something he was necessarily beaming about, despite loud approval from the OSU fans.
“I have too much respect for umpires as men, knowing that they're doing the very best job that they can,” Holliday said. “It's never a lack of respect. It's just sometimes in a game … I'm not proud of that. Not at all.”
OU designated hitter Kolbey Carpenter went 3-for-4 with two huge RBIs on Sunday, continuing his steady impact for the Sooners this year.
OU closer Jacob Evans shut the door, throwing two scoreless innings for his eighth save of the season.
The common thread between those two? Both are true freshmen.
(Kolbey)'s so quiet about going about his business and so calm about the game for being a true freshman,” OU coach Sunny Golloway said. “And that's the other thing … You realize we played six freshman in a Bedlam game when we were down 0-2, a must win for us. So it speaks volumes for the character of our freshmen and the mental toughness of our players.”
OSU shortstop Randy McCurry got drilled in the back by a 98-mile-per-hour Jonathan Gray fastball on Saturday.
So as expected, the senior was sore and in need of rest on Sunday, leaving seldom-used Craig McConaughy to get the start in his place.
Entering the game, McConaughy had no conference starts and only 18 at-bats on the season.
But the JUCO transfer proved he was up to the task, singling home the first two runs of the game in the second inning, a hit that doubled his RBI total on the year.
“Randy's a tough player, so I knew it would be a game-time decision,” said McConaughy, who would get another hit later in the game. “I just prepared myself like I always do … It's definitely a lot of fun, my first Bedlam series.”
OU travels to Kansas State next weekend for a crucial battle with the Big 12 leaders, while OSU returns to Stillwater for a home series against West Virginia, the conference's surprise team. After that, both will be back in OKC for the Big 12 Tournament, which begins May 22.
*All three of this weekend's games were decided by a single run (4-3 OSU on Friday and Saturday, 5-4 OU on Sunday) and eight of the past 12 Bedlam games have been decided by only one run.
*Combined, 21,130 fans took in the three-game weekend series. Tulsa drew a series-high 9,194 on Friday night, while Bricktown had 7,108 show up Saturday and 4,828 on Sunday.
*OSU won the Bedlam series for the sixth time in the past eight years.