Bedlam baseball: Sooners even series at a game apiece, beat Cowboys

OU holds on for 8-4 win. The final game of the series is 4:07 p.m. Sunday at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark.
BY JOHN HELSLEY, Staff Writer, jhelsley@opubco.com Published: May 5, 2012
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Oklahoma adjusted its approach to Cowboys pitcher Kyle Ottoson, figuring him out instead of flailing against him, as it did less than two weeks ago.

Jonathan Gray adjusted the Bedlam Series, throwing zeros at Oklahoma State for seven innings at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark, before the Sooners held on 8-4, squaring the weekend at one game each.

The deciding Game 3 — in a key series for both teams' NCAA postseason hopes — is set for 4:07 p.m. Sunday at the Brick.

Gray all but ensured Sooner hope for another day, controlling the Cowboys after his teammates spotted him with a 3-0 lead in the top of the first inning. The big right-hander allowed just four hits, walked four and struck out seven. He allowed but one baserunner to reach third through seven innings, before finally tiring in the eighth.

That's when the Cowboys finally broke through against Gray and two relievers, scoring four runs.

Still, Gray tied a career-high with seven innings pitched, improving to 5-4, with arguably his biggest win as a Sooner.

“Felt really good,” Gray said. “It really helps, too, when the offense comes out and bangs the ball around the yard. I feed off that and it makes things easy for me.”

For OU designated hitter Matt Oberste, there was no argument on his career night, which included a 4-for-4 performance that featured a home run, two runs batted in and two runs scored.

Oberste's homer, a shot that cleared everything in left field, led off the second inning and spurred OSU coach Frank Anderson to end Ottoson's night.

The little-known Oberste was batting just .269 entering the game, with 67 official at-bats. He'd hit just one home run and driven in 10 runs and had never had more than two hits in a game.