As Oklahoma State coach Frank Anderson entered the interview room following a dramatic 1-0 Sooner's win in the Big 12 Tournament opener – as in 9 a.m. opener – he suggested the game was more worthy of prime-time positioning.
“Should have been a 7 o'clock game,” Anderson said. “That's a game people should have seen.”
The tournament bracket fixes game times according to seeding, which placed the No. 4 Sooner's and No. 5 Cowboys in the 9 a.m. slot. But there were discussions about moving the Bedlam matchup to accommodate the local working class – to no avail.
The official attendance for the game was listed at 4,429, which reflects tickets sold. Crowd estimates put the actual attendance at 3,000.
Those at The Brick were treated to a pitching delight, with OSU's Andrew Heaney battling the OU duo of Dillon Overton and Steven Overt through 8 1/2 scoreless innings. There were 18 combined strikeouts, several defensive gems and a walk-off homer by the Sooner's' Garrett Carey.
“That game right there,” Anderson said, “9 o'clock in the morning are you kidding me? That's one of the best games ever in this tournament.”
OU coach Sunny Golloway didn't disagree.
“You're going to be hard-pressed to go back and find a (better) duel of quality pitches,” Golloway said.
In his first Bedlam taste of this season, Overton didn't make it out of the third inning, allowing six hits, two walks and two runs in Game 2 of the regular season series, an eventual 3-2 Cowboys win.
Wednesday, Overton was sharp, striking out eight and allowing six hits — all singles — in 7 1/3 shutout innings.
“Today my changeup was working really well,” Overton said. “I had a lot of movement on it and could throw it when behind, ahead or even in the count. It didn't really matter what I threw – everything worked.”
The spotlight of the Bedlam series allows for dramatic moments and memories.
Carey provided both Wednesday, delivering a walk-off home run in OU's 1-0 win.
“We talk to our guys about what they'll be remembered for,” Golloway said. “People remember what you do in Bedlam games, and they remember what you do in the postseason.”
Golloway said he called shortstop Caleb Bushyhead on Tuesday night, trying to plant a seed for such a memory.
“I asked Bushyhead what he wanted to be remembered for as a senior,” Golloway said. “I think that's what really hit me as I watched Garrett round the bases. I thought, ‘Everyone is going to remember Garrett Carey and what he did.'