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.