Bedlam baseball: Sooners avoid weekend sweep

Oklahoma's bats finally came alive Sunday — at least at the right times — carrying the Sooners to a much-needed 5-4 win in Game 3 of the Bedlam series that avoided a weekend sweep.
by John Helsley Published: May 12, 2013
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photo - Oklahoma's Jacob Evans shows the home plate umpire the ball as   Oklahoma State's Aaron Cornell celebrates 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. Cornell was called out. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman
Oklahoma's Jacob Evans shows the home plate umpire the ball as Oklahoma State's Aaron Cornell celebrates 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. Cornell was called out. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman

OU will close the regular season at Kansas State, the Big 12's first-place team; a difficult task for sure. Still, a sweep could earn the Sooners the league title.

“If you told anyone you'd have a chance to win the conference title the last weekend, there's not a team in the league that would say they don't want that,” Golloway said. “Regardless of how difficult it will be, winning ballgames and winning series this time of year are important.”

For OU's postseason hopes, continuing to win could be critically important. After Sunday's win, the Sooners' RPI is No. 45, hardly a number that inspires comfort.

“I'm biased, and I believe we are,” an NCAA Tournament team, Golloway said, “but we still need to play hard and we need to win.”

The Sooners again looked the part in the Bedlam finale, a game Golloway dubbed “a must win.”

After falling behind 4-0, they rallied with two decisive innings — a three-run fourth and a two-run fifth — while the bullpen locked down the Cowboys over the final six frames.

OU's recently quiet bats, while not explosive, at least were timely, with six of the lineup's eight hits coming in the two breakthrough innings. And there was some unexpected life, with Kolbey Carpenter going 3-for-4 with two runs batted in and Anthony Hermelyn adding two hits.

“I just went up there and tried to put good swings on balls,” Carpenter said. “Earlier in the year I tried to do too much. I just tried to not to do too much and it ended up working.”

Hector Lorenzana stayed hot, with a double, an RBI and two runs scored. And Jacob Evans closed out the bullpen's sterling work, providing two innings of scoreless relief for his ninth save.

Something for everyone.

“They came back and won,” Holliday said. “I give the credit to OU for how they played today. I'm really proud of my kids. Those guys are bringing it.”

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by John Helsley
OSU Reporter Sr.
John Helsley grew up in Del City, reading all the newspapers and sports magazines he could get his hands on. And Saturday afternoons, when the Major League Game of the Week was on, he'd keep a scorecard for the game. So the sports appeal was was...
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