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Bedlam baseball notebook: Josh Holliday ejected for first time in his coaching career

After his third trip out to converse with umpire Randy Wetzel, OSU coach Josh Holliday was ejected from Sunday's game.
by Anthony Slater Published: May 12, 2013

/articleid/3809150/1/pictures/2051940">Photo - Oklahoma State head coach Josh Holliday argues a home plate call during the Bedlam baseball game between the University of Oklahoma and Oklahoma State University at the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark in Oklahoma CIty, Sunday, May 12, 2013. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman
Oklahoma State head coach Josh Holliday argues a home plate call during the Bedlam baseball game between the University of Oklahoma and Oklahoma State University at the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark in Oklahoma CIty, Sunday, May 12, 2013. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman

SOLID REPLACEMENT

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.”

UP NEXT

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.

BEDLAM TIDBITS

*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.

by Anthony Slater
Thunder Beat Writer
Anthony Slater started on the Thunder beat in the summer of 2013, joining after two years as NewsOK.com's lead sports blogger and web editor. A native Californian, Slater attended Sonoma State for two years before transferring to Oklahoma State in...
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