Oklahoma's Matt Oberste was in the lineup on opening day, but he has been in and out of the lineup due to a forearm injury that hampered his impact.
For the Bedlam series, Oberste is back.
And the Sooner designated hitter was big Saturday night, collecting a career-high four hits in OU's 8-4 win that evened the series at 1-1.
After a hitless Friday night, Oberste said he made some adjustments at the plate.
“Yesterday, I wasn't seeing the ball real well,” he said. “Today, I spread my legs out a little bit, tried to see the ball in the zone. And it worked out.”
Oberste's signature moment was a long home run to lead off the second inning. The ball cleared everything, literally leaving Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark.
Even Oberste said he lost track of it.
“I saw it over the sign,” he said sheepishly, “but I didn't see it land.”
The final game of the series is set for 4:07 p.m. Sunday at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark.
The pitching matchup: OSU's Vince Wheeland (2-1, 3.60 ERA) vs. OU's Dillon Overton (5-2, 3.47 ERA).
Bedlam set up as a key series for both teams, with their NCAA hopes clearly in flux.
Now Game 3 looms large.
“Just going to approach it like any other game,” said OSU's Trey Whaley. “We look at each game as a season. Although it's Bedlam, we're not going into it with all this hype or anxiety or anything.”
Sooners center fielder Max White extended his career-high hitting streak to 11 games, driving a run-scoring double in the seventh.
During that span, White has 19 RBIs.
He's coming off a week in which he was named Big 12 Player of the Week.
Saturday's game — going head-to-head with the Thunder's series-clinching win at Dallas and the Barons hosting an AHL playoff game down the street at the Cox Center — drew a crowd of 7,408 to Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark.
Combined with the overflow Friday night total of 9,158 at ONEOK Field, the two-day attendance pushed to 16,566.