Oklahoma keeps finding itself on the wrong end of two-out situations.
After a weekend of missed opportunities — at the plate and on the mound — in last week's lost series at West Virginia, the Sooners were at it again in the Bedlam opener.
While they only stranded four runners against OSU, the Sooners also were hurt by three inning-ending double plays.
Meanwhile, the Cowboys scored all of their runs in the 4-3 win with two out.
“That was the story,” said OU coach Sunny Golloway. “At West Virginia, all the runs came with two outs. We're not finishing innings with two out. And we left 34 base runners on base last weekend.
“It just comes back to us being a little bit better and executing a little better. Baseball is just that. Sometimes it's going good and you get the flares and good things happen. Sometimes it doesn't.”
On the other side, the view was different.
“Just a bunch of tough, scrappy guys,” said OSU catcher Gage Green, who finished with three hits and drove in the game-winner with two outs in the eighth. “It doesn't matter if it's two outs or anything, we're just a bunch of tough guys up there with a great mindset at the plate. And a lot of energy. It helps us get the job done.”
OU TURNS TO ACE
Golloway made a shift in his weekend rotation, moving ace Jonathan Gray's start to Saturday.
Gray, who battled illness during the week, gets the call to try and even the series.
“He's feeling really good. He'll be ready to go tomorrow,” Golloway said. “We feel good when we've got Big Jon. And getting back to Bricktown is probably more of a neutral site. This is more of an away game.”
ANOTHER OVERFLOW CROWD IN TULSA
The Bedlam opener in Tulsa remains a hit.
A sellout by early Friday, the attendance at ONEOK Field became an overflow crowd by game time.
The announced crowd: 9,194.
Official capacity: 7,833.
While there's much discussion about where to play future Bedlam games, there's a behind-the-scenes movement to put a second Bedlam game in Tulsa, if the schools continue with the neutral-site arrangement.