OKLAHOMA CITY - Oklahoma State had its longest winning streak in four years snapped Saturday night as Oklahoma knocked off the 25th-ranked Cowboys, 8-4, in The Bedlam Series at the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark.
The loss snapped OSU's nine-game winning streak, its longest since 2008, as the Cowboys fell to 27-18 overall and 12-8 in Big 12 Conference play; the Sooners improved to 30-18 and 10-9 in the league. The two teams will decide the series in Sunday's finale, which is set for a 4:07 p.m. start.
The Cowboys fell behind 8-0 before rallying for all four of their runs in the eighth inning.
OSU starter Kyle Ottoson, who picked up a win over OU on April 24 in Stillwater with an 8.1-inning effort, struggled Saturday against the Sooners.
It started in the top of the first inning as OU rallied for three runs, the big blow coming on a two-RBI triple by Cody Reine.
Ottoson (4-6) would be done in the second as he allowed a leadoff home run to Matt Oberste, a blast that gave the Sooners a 4-0 advantage.
With the early cushion, OU starter Jonathan Gray kept the OSU offense in check, taking a three-hit shutout into the eighth before getting into trouble.
In the eighth, Gray issued a leadoff walk to pinch hitter Gage Green, and after a wild pitch and single by Saulyer Saxon, the Cowboys had runners on the corners and no outs. Gray then uncorked another wild pitch to bring home Green with OSU's first run of the night and end the Sooner right-hander's night on the mound.
Steven Bruce came out of the OU bullpen and promptly walked Hunter Bailey and hit Robbie Rea with a pitch to load the bases with still no one out. After a strikeout, Mark Ginther grounded out to bring home another run, and another wild pitch made it 8-3.
OSU's final run of the night was provided by Trey Whaley, who doubled off the wall in left field to cut the Cowboys' lead in half before Randy McCurry struck out to put an end to the rally.