Nothing is set in stone for the Bedlam series moving forward, but it appears as if changes will be made in the scheduling next season.
This year, Oklahoma and Oklahoma State play five times — non-conference, mid-week games at each on-campus venue, one conference game in Oklahoma City and a pair in Tulsa.
This year’s conference series began Thursday night with a 4-2 Cowboys win at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark.
It’s likely the series will be whittled down somewhat, though one game is likely to remain at a campus venue, whether that’s part of the Big 12 series or not.
“We’ll visit at the end of the year,” OSU coach Josh Holliday said. “I like Coach (Pete) Hughes a lot. He’s a good man, and I like talking to him. They have a good administration and so do we. Whatever is best for this baseball setup, we’ll continue to look at it.”
Holliday and former Sooners coach Sunny Golloway decided to add another non-conference meeting for this season to help boost each team’s RPI, but with another Bedlam meeting likely in next week’s conference tournament, neither side wants the series to become too watered-down either.
The series resumes Friday with the first of two games at Tulsa’s ONEOK Field. Reserved seats for the two games in Tulsa — a shift from two games in Oklahoma City in previous seasons — are sold out.
“The energy will be good for us, and that’s why we do this series the way that we do,” Holliday said. “We take it to the people, and the people come out and enjoy it.”
Thursday’s announced attendance was 5,478.
PATIENCE PAYS OFF FOR COSTELLO
In the fifth inning, Oklahoma catcher Mac James was sure the Sooners had gotten out of a two-out jam when OSU’s Conor Costello watched a two-strike fastball go past.
“It was a helluva pitch,” James said. “He couldn’t have thrown it in a better spot. But that part of the game is up to umpires.”
The umpire called it a ball, and Costello turned on the next pitch and drove it into the left-field bleachers to put the Cowboys up 4-0.
“On a night like tonight, the park felt gigantic,” Holliday said. “I don’t know if it was the wind or the air, but it felt huge and it felt like scoring four runs was quite a bit so it gave us a cushion.”
Costello, who hit cleanup for just the fourth time in Big 12 play and eighth overall, wasn’t sure it would carry.
“I thought the wind was going to kind of hold it up since that wind change, but I guess it didn’t,” Costello said.