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Big 12 baseball notebook: Cowboys, Sooners to meet for seventh time

by Ryan Aber and Trent Shadid Published: May 22, 2014
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Oklahoma and Oklahoma State will play a Game 7 at 7 p.m. Friday at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark, and it’s win or go home — though not in the traditional sense.

It’s a Bedlam elimination game in the Big 12 Baseball Tournament, and it’s also the seventh time the rivals will meet this season. OSU leads the season series 4-2, including a 13-4 win against the Sooners in Wednesday’s tournament opener.

“For us it’s familiarity,” OSU coach Josh Holliday said. “It’s kind of like playing pickup basketball against your buddies growing up. You know their moves, you just wonder if they’re going to keep doing the same moves or try something different. It’s the same for us.”

AIKIN HOT FOR SOONERS

No one has been hotter over the first two days of the Big 12 Tournament than Oklahoma center fielder Craig Aikin.

After going 4-for-5 in the Sooners’ opening-round loss to Oklahoma State, Aikin had a 4-for-6 day in Thursday’s 9-8, come-from-behind win against Texas Tech.

Aikin drove in a run with his sixth-inning single, scored after his eighth-inning single and then drove in another in the ninth before eventually scoring the game-winning run.

“I’m not thinking about numbers at all at this point,” Aikin said. “I get runners on base, I’m trying to drive them in, try to set the table for the team.

“At the end of the day, numbers don’t matter to me, but the ball seems pretty big. I feel confident I can find my way to first base any way I can.”

Aikin is hitting .510 (26 of 51) in his current 11-game hitting streak with eight RBIs and 11 runs scored.

BAYLOR’S MICHALEC BREAKS SAVES RECORD

Baylor’s Josh Michalec entered this season without a career save. Now he’s a record-holder.

Michalec earned his 21st save of the year Thursday in Baylor’s 4-3 win against Kansas. With that, he passed former Oklahoma closer Jeff Bajenaru for the single-season Big 12 record.

“Every coach in this league wants to have a guy like Josh to close the game out,” BU coach Steve Smith said. “It’s a lot easier to start one than it is to finish one. Going into the season, he didn’t have a single career save. That’s what makes what he has done so incredible to me. He has been a work in progress over four years and he has continued to grow.”

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by Ryan Aber
OU Athletics Reporter
Ryan Aber has worked for The Oklahoman since 2006, covering high schools, the Oklahoma City RedHawks, the Oklahoma City Barons and OU football recruiting. An Oklahoma City native, Aber graduated from Northeastern State. Before joining The...
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by Trent Shadid
Copy Editor
Trent Shadid is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma. He was born and raised in Weatherford, Okla., and attended Weatherford High School. Before joining The Oklahoman, he spent two seasons as an assistant wrestling coach at Weatherford High...
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