NORMAN — Oklahoma State coach Josh Holliday was hoping for good things out of Tyler Nurdin on Tuesday in a non-conference Bedlam game.
Holliday not only wanted it for the boost a win over the Cowboys’ in-state rivals could provide, but for a confidence boost for Nurdin, who hadn’t pitched in more than two weeks with a combination of arm soreness and illness.
Holliday got both, with Nurdin throwing five innings and giving up just one run as OSU came out with a 3-1 win in front of 1,941 fans at L. Dale Mitchell Park.
“I know I’m always one pitch away from getting out of a jam,” Nurdin said. “That was my mindset.”
The crowd was Oklahoma’s biggest of the season, home or away.
The teams will meet in Stillwater for another non-conference game April 15.
The Cowboys got all the runs they needed in the second when Gage Green and Tim Arakawa each delivered solo home runs to right field off of Sooners starter Robert Tasin.
“I was just trying to find my way on base any way that I could,” Arakawa said. “He brought the ball in and I got my barrel on it.”
The home runs were the first of the season for both.
“That’s kind of what’s fun about this environment,” Holliday said. “A Bedlam game gives guys a chance to do something in a moment in a setting that they’ll never forget, and those two guys probably feel like a million bucks right now.”
The Cowboys (20-9) didn’t have much after that, though.