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Oklahoma State defeats Oklahoma, takes rubber game of Bedlam baseball series

by John Helsley Published: May 6, 2012
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Oklahoma State's Randy McCurry, having done his job with a go-ahead sacrifice fly in the eighth inning, retreated to the left-field bullpen in case he'd be needed on the mound in the ninth.

So there he stood, watching teammate Gage Green sprinting right at him, tracking a drive off the bat of the Sooners' Cody Reine.

“I had about four heart attacks,” McCurry said.

Green kept running, eventually charging into the bullpen wall, yet securing the catch, helping McCurry and the Cowboys survive Sunday's Bedlam finale, 3-2, and clinch the weekend series.

OSU book ended a Saturday loss with two tight wins, improving to 28-18 overall and 13-8 in the Big 12. Having won 10 of their last 11 overall, the Cowboys have climbed into a second-place tie in the conference with Texas and Texas A&M, both losers on Sunday.

The Sooners slipped to 30-19 and 10-10, losing a Bedlam series that had been dubbed critical for both clubs.

“Pretty tough ballgame for either team to lose,” said OU coach Sunny Golloway, “and unfortunately it was us.”

Finally, a series previously ruled by pitching, delivered some drama at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark.

Pitching was a premium again Sunday, with relievers this time setting a high standard. OSU's Blake Barnes finished with 3 1/3 hitless innings to earn the win. The Sooners' Steven Okert surrendered just one run in 5 1/3 innings.

That one run, however, was the game winner.

Tied 2-2 going to the bottom of the eighth, Robbie Rea started the Cowboys rally with a leadoff single to left. Mark Ginther squared to sacrifice, bunt bunted so well past Okert that it turned into a hit.

Okert finally flinched with Trey Whaley trying to bunt the runners over, walking him on five pitches. Okert struck out Jared Womack, but McCurry — a pitcher who hadn't even had an at-bat until the Texas Tech series two weekends ago — lofted his sacrifice fly to right field.

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by John Helsley
OSU Reporter Sr.
John Helsley grew up in Del City, reading all the newspapers and sports magazines he could get his hands on. And Saturday afternoons, when the Major League Game of the Week was on, he'd keep a scorecard for the game. So the sports appeal was was...
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