Oklahoma State's 6-1 shutdown of Oklahoma two Tuesdays ago didn't mean a thing in the Big 12 baseball standings.
Yet what about as a precursor to this weekend's three-game conference series?
“Seeing them will be good,” Sooner pitcher Damien Magnifico said immediately after taking the loss in the first game. “We're going to come back and we'll come back strong.”
And who would expect anything less?
Not with Bedlam. Not with Tulsa's ONEOK Field a nearing sellout status and strong crowds expected for the weekend at Oklahoma City's Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark.
And not with each team clinging to postseason hopes, with little leeway for losses.
“Oh, it's going to be huge for both teams,” said Cowboys pitcher Randy McCurry.
As it is, OU and OSU eye each other all season, from afar in the early going, yet ever anticipating Bedlam. And for good reason.
The games are the most intense, most-watched and most-attended games in their seasons. And they come with great history and close competition, with the Cowboys leading a tight all-time series 151-144.
“The fans are great,” said Cowboys senior third baseman Mark Ginther. “We have bigger crowds than usual. It's intense. And usually the games are so close, the competition is great.
“I love Bedlam every year.”
The nonconference game served as but a teaser to this weekend's main event. The past two years, since the extra game was added, the team that won the bonus Bedlam game lost the series.
“Hasn't meant much the past two years,” said Sooners coach Sunny Golloway.
Maybe we've already witnessed the impact.
The Cowboys ended OU's eight-game winning streak in Stillwater, with the Sooners just 3-3 since. For the Cowboys, the win over OU is part of their own season-long, eight-game winning streak.
Magnifico hinted at the motivation factor. And while the sample size is small, surely there's some scouting report edge in seeing a team up close and personal, however limited.
Cowboys left-hander Kyle Ottoson carved up the Sooners that Tuesday night, using an array of off-speed pitches and breaking balls to fly through eight innings.
An edge? And to whom — Ottoson and his confidence, or the Sooners and their eagerness to take their hacks at him again?
“It shouldn't be that tough to adjust to,” OU shortstop Caleb Bushyhead said following the loss, seemingly itching for the next opportunity.
OSU ace Andrew Heaney, another lefty, found value in the previous meeting.
“To an extent, it's good to get to see them,” Heaney said. “You kind of have an idea of where guys' weaknesses are. But then again, it's only one night. And the thing is, Ottoson pitches a little bit different than I do. He's going to pitch his style and I can't pitch to his game.
“So, yeah, it's good to know some strengths and weaknesses of guys, but for the most part it's just getting a feel and maybe setting a tone for how this series is going to go and what you're up against.”
Oklahoma vs. Oklahoma State
Friday: 7 p.m., ONEOK Field, Tulsa
Saturday: 7 p.m., Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark, Oklahoma City
Sunday: 4 p.m., Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark, Oklahoma City
Tickets: $8 general admission lawn tickets are all that remain for the game in Tulsa; tickets priced $15.75 to $25.50 remain for both games in Oklahoma City, available at ticketmaster.com.