OKLAHOMA CITY -- The 20th comeback victory of the season came up short in the bottom of the ninth inning on Saturday as the No. 14 Sooners fell 4-3 in game two against Oklahoma State.
The Cowboys (27-19, 8-12 Big 12) evened the series in front of 9,530 fans at the AT&T Bricktown Ballpark thanks to four runs tallied in the third inning. All three games this season have been decided by one run and since 1997, 16 of the meetings in the series have been one-run ball games. OU is 10-6 in those contests against OSU and 7-4 in 2010.
"We had an opportunity to win the ball game there late, we did a good job of fighting back but we put ourselves in a little bit of a hole," said OU Head Coach Sunny Golloway.
Down 4-1, Oklahoma (34-13, 11-10) scored two runs in the ninth and had runners on second and third after Ricky Eisenberg's sacrifice bunt marked the first out of the inning. However, OSU's Andrew Heaney earned his first save as he recorded back-to-back strikeouts against Chris Eillison and Caleb Bushyhead to end the threat.
Bobby Shore (6-4) produced his shortest outing of the season as he was chased after just 2 1/3 innings. The Cowboys started off the third with Luis Uribe's solo homer to left and plated three more runs in the frame, capped off by Nico Rosthenhausler's two-run single that ended Shore's evening.
"I was disappointed with our start on the mound," said Golloway. "He had really good stuff (early). He struck out four of the first six outs. And when a ball left the yard, he turned into a different guy on the mound. That is something we have to fix to make a little bit of a run late (in the season)."
The Sooners' starter allowed four runs off six hits with four strikeouts and was relieved by Michael Rocha in the third. His opposition, Brad Propst, lasted 7 2/3 innings to improve to 2-1 with one run allowed off six hits and zero walks.
In the eighth, Caleb Bushyhead brought around Ellison from second base on his single to right field. The base hit shaved the lead down to three runs.
Max White, who was one of the four Sooners to have two hits, as he clubbed his 11th home run of the season to lead off the ninth and cut the Cowboys' lead to 4-2. Danny Black also had two hits on the night and slapped a single through the left side and plated pinch runner Erik Ross.
Garrett Buechele was one of the four Sooners to pace the team to 10 hits on Saturday and he extended his hitting streak to 19 games with a single in the sixth and another single in the eighth. Buechele has nine mulitple-hit games during his career-high hitting streak.
Rocha was solid in relief for the Sooners producing his longest outing out of the bullpen. Rocha allowed four hits and one walk across his 6 2/3 scoreless innings.
The Bedlam Series concludes on Sunday at AT&T Bricktown Ballpark at 4:05 p.m. The game can be heard on the Sooner Sports Network, KREF 1400 AM, and it will also be televised by SSN on Cox Channel 3 in Oklahoma City and Tulsa.
Sunday's rubber match marks the seventh time that a Big 12 series between OU and OSU will be played. OU leads 4-2 in those games after winning the last such matchup in 2005.