Bedlam baseball: Sooners avoid weekend sweep

Oklahoma's bats finally came alive Sunday — at least at the right times — carrying the Sooners to a much-needed 5-4 win in Game 3 of the Bedlam series that avoided a weekend sweep.
by John Helsley Published: May 12, 2013
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photo - Oklahoma's Jacob Evans shows the home plate umpire the ball as   Oklahoma State's Aaron Cornell celebrates during the Bedlam baseball game between the University of Oklahoma and Oklahoma State University at the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark in Oklahoma CIty, Sunday, May 12, 2013. Cornell was called out. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman
Oklahoma's Jacob Evans shows the home plate umpire the ball as Oklahoma State's Aaron Cornell celebrates during the Bedlam baseball game between the University of Oklahoma and Oklahoma State University at the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark in Oklahoma CIty, Sunday, May 12, 2013. Cornell was called out. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman

Mathematically, Oklahoma remains in play for the Big 12 championship.

But for Sooners coach Sunny Golloway, there was but a single digit that mattered Sunday: 1; as in one win.

One win to salvage something from a lost Bedlam series and end a four-game conference losing streak that dumped his club from first into a fourth-place tie in the conference standings and threatened its status as an NCAA Tournament team.

So Sunday's 5-4 win before a Mother's Day crowd of 4,828 at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark offered some satisfaction.

Now, Golloway and his club are investing in the power of one.

“Our season is long from over if we'll go battle,” Golloway said. “With our arms and our team and our toughness, I think we could go a long way. …

“It's just a matter of us continuing to be tough and moving forward and playing it one game at a time.”

The weekend offered something for everyone.

For the fans, three one-run games provided interest and drama — and even a Josh Holliday ejection Sunday — throughout its Tulsa and Oklahoma City tour.

For the Cowboys, a series win strengthened their case for a postseason berth, raising their league-best overall record to 36-13 and boosting their RPI to No. 34, after it had been an unappealing 101 just three weeks ago.

“I'm disappointed we didn't win today,” said Holliday, “but I'm certainly not disappointed with the way we're playing. I'm not disappointed with their effort. (Oklahoma) would be the type of ballclub and the type of ace pitchers you're going to have to beat if you really believe you can extend your season.

“And I really thought we answered that challenge this weekend pretty well.”

Golloway agreed: “I think Oklahoma State solidified themselves as an NCAA Tournament team. I think they're very competitive. They pitch it really well, they hit it really well and they defend.”

For the Sooners, Sunday at least offered a moment to exhale, after a recent stretch of struggle involving 12 losses in 21 games that ratcheted up the stress level for a club that once seemed to be an NCAA Tournament lock.

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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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