May 6, 2012
OKLAHOMA CITY – Oklahoma State claimed a Bedlam Series win for the second-straight year as the 25th-ranked Cowboys emerged a 3-2 victor over Oklahoma in Sunday’s series finale at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark.
Robbie Rea scored the winning run on a sacrifice fly off the bat of Randy McCurry in the bottom of the eighth inning as OSU improved to 28-18 on the season. And on the strength of winning their third consecutive Big 12 Conference series, the Cowboys also moved into a three-way tie for second place in the league standings – along with Texas and Texas A&M – with a 13-8 mark.
After Vince Wheeland shut out the Sooners over the first four innings, OU finally got to the Cowboy right-hander and tied the game in the fifth, though they did so without collecting a hit.
The inning opened with Wheeland walking Dylan Neal, and the sophomore then hit the next two Sooners with pitches to load the bases with no outs. The next two OU hitters, Erik Ross and Jack Mayfield, delivered sacrifice flies to center field, and the game was tied at 2-2.
That score remained until the decisive eighth. Rea led off that inning with a single, and Mark Ginther followed with a bunt single. After Trey Whaley walked to load the bases with no outs, Womack struck out, bringing McCurry to the plate.
And on a 2-1 pitch from Steven Okert, the Cowboy junior lifted a fly ball toward the right field line that OU’s Cody Reine raced in and caught just outside fair territory. Rea tagged at third base and raced home, sliding in safely when Neal was unable to hold onto the ball at the plate.
Reine was nearly involved in another game-changing play in the ninth. With one out, he lifted a Blake Barnes’ pitch deep into the left-center field gap, but Gage Green, who entered the game as the Cowboys’ left fielder in the top of the eight, made a running catch of Reine’s shot just before crashing into the wall.
Following Green’s tremendous defensive play, Barnes got pinch hitter Chase Simpson to fly out to end the game and seal the series win.
Barnes picked up the win in relief of Wheeland as the senior worked the final 3.1 innings and struck out four to improve to 5-3. In Big 12 play, Barnes is 4-1 with two saves and a 0.95 ERA.
Wheeland finished the contest with a career-high strikeouts in 5.2 innings. He allowed all four of OU’s hits.
OSU returns to midweek action Tuesday when the Cowboys host Ohio State at Allie P. Reynolds Stadium.