When Randy McCurry first arrived at OSU, he was projected as a two-way player in the mold of former Cowboy Jordy Mercer.
But after setting a freshman record for saves, elbow surgery changed the course of McCurry's career, relegating him to pitcher-only status.
Looking for ways to jumpstart a slumbering offense, Cowboys coach Frank Anderson returned McCurry to the batter's box two weekends ago at Texas Tech. Filling the designated hitter spot, he keeps getting opportunities, finding himself in the spotlight for a key moment Sunday in the rubber game of the Bedlam series.
“About three weeks ago, I never even thought I'd have a bat in my hand,” McCurry said.
McCurry delivered Sunday, lofting a sacrifice fly that plated the winning run in a 3-2 win over the Sooners.
“He takes his hacks,” Anderson said. “And he's hit good pitching, too. With the game on the line right there, getting the ball to the outfield, he's about as good as anyone we've got.”
BOTH SIDES OF THE BUNT
For OSU, Mark Ginther's bunt base hit was key to the eighth-inning rally that produced the game-winning run.
For OU, it was botched play.
On Ginther's bunt, Sooners first baseman Hunter Lockwood retreated to cover first, forcing second baseman Jack Mayfield to try and make the play, which turned out late.
“The bunt was the key play there,” said OU coach Sunny Golloway. “We've got to get our first baseman, who's a rookie, to field the ball and our second baseman goes to the bag.
“That's a freshman playing in Bedlam.”
Sunday's Bedlam finale drew a crowd of just 4,283, the lowest for a Sunday since 1994.
That season, 3,725 showed up for a Sunday night game at All-Sports Stadium.
Oddly, that year OU won a national championship and the Cowboys were well on their way to winning another Big Eight title.
WHAT A RELIEF
On a humid afternoon, the bullpens figured to play prominently – and did.
Both teams got strong relief, with Steven Okert going 51/3 innings for OU and Blake Barnes throwing no-hit ball for 31/3.
Barnes secured the win, continuing a dominant stretch in Big 12 play. He's now 4-1 with two saves and a 0.95 earned run average in conference games.