TULSA, Okla. –Jason Hursh tossed a complete game, and Gage Green tied a career high with three hits as No. 19 Oklahoma State opened The Bedlam Series with a 4-3 win over 13th-ranked Oklahoma in front of 9,194 fans Friday night at ONEOK field.
All four of the Cowboys runs on the night came with two outs, and with the win, OSU moved into fourth place in the Big 12 Conference standings at 10-8 while improving their league-best overall record to 35-12.
Hursh’s gem marked his third complete game of the season, and he racked up nine strikeouts, one shy of his career high, while walking just one. He scattered seven hits and improved to 5-4 on the season.
Green, typically OSU’s left fielder, made his fourth start at catcher this season in place of an injured Victor Romero. His third hit of the night, a single in the top of the eighth, brought home what proved to be the game’s winning run. The three hits mark Green’s season high and tied his career high set as a freshman against Texas A&M last season.
“Those two young men (Hursh and Green) were really right at the center of everything that happened for us tonight,” said OSU head coach Josh Holliday. “Certainly they had a great supporting cast with their teammates, but Gage and Jason were outstanding.”
OSU drew first blood in the game in the top of the third inning. With one out, Trey Whaley reached on an error by OU second baseman Hector Lorenzana, who dropped a pop up in right field allowing Whaley to reach second. After a strikeout, Saulyer Saxon stepped to the plate and delivered an RBI single as Whaley slid into the plate just ahead of the throw from right fielder Colt Bickerstaff to give the Cowboys a 1-0 lead.
That advantage was short-lived, however. In the fourth, the Sooners made Hursh pay for a two-out walk to Hunter Haley when, with two runners on, Lorenzana followed the free pass with a three-run home run to right field to put OU up, 3-1.
But the Cowboys quickly answered in their next at bat, continuing the trend of two-out RBIs. Whaley led off the top of the fifth with a walk, and Green followed with a double. OSU’s next two hitters would be retired, but Tanner Krietemeier laced a two-RBI single to center field to tie the score.
OSU later threatened to regain the lead in the fifth, but Robbie Rea flied out with the bases loaded to end the inning.
The game remained deadlocked until the eighth. Rea led off that frame with a single and advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by pinch hitter Aaron Cornell. After Whaley lined out, Green stepped to the plate and fell behind in the count 0-2 before sending a single into left-center field off OU reliever Ethan Carnes to give the Cowboys the 4-3 lead.
“I was looking for off-speed all the way,” Green said. “I got two fastballs on the outer half, and I just kept waiting for something to start out and break away. I was able to get that pitch and get it over the shortstop’s head.”
Given the one-run lead, Hursh retired the Sooners in order in the eighth, then struck out the first two hitters in the ninth before an error brought the potential winning run to the plate.
But Taylor Alspaugh grounded to shortstop, and the Cowboys got the force out at second to end the game.
“I was just focused on making my pitches, and my arm felt great,” Hursh said. “It was fun. I really wanted that game, especially in this atmosphere and it being Bedlam.”
The Bedlam Series resumes Saturday at Oklahoma City’s Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark. First pitch is set for 1:05 p.m.