OKLAHOMA CITY The Sooners (26-22, 9-13) and Cowboys (32-18, 11-11) battled it out for 7.5 innings on Friday and wrapped it up on Saturday with OSU winning game one of the Bedlam Series, 3-1.
The contest entered a 55-minute rain delay at 9:32 p.m. on Friday night at the Drillers Stadium, with one out in the bottom of the eighth, when showers and lightning hit the Tulsa area. When the game resumed on Saturday, OSU needed just 14 minutes to pad its lead to 3-1 and close the door on OU.
OSU took the game’s initial lead in the bottom of the second inning after Rusty Ryal’s single to left field plated Jeff Parrish, who doubled earlier in the frame and then moved to third on a Ty Wright sacrifice bunt.
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Despite another solid conference start for OU’s Daniel McCutchen, the Cowboys increased their lead to two with an unearned run in the fifth inning. Keanon Simon hit a sacrifice fly that would have been the third out if not for a throwing error by the Sooners’ hurler. The flyball scored Steve Ptak and represented the only unearned run of the ball game.
OU got things rolling in the eighth inning with its sixth hit of the game off Jackson William’s homer to left field. The solo shot ended an 0-for-26 skid for Williams, who hit his third dinger of the season and drove in his 21st run.
With McCutchen cruising with seven strike outs, the game was stopped one hour and 56 minutes after the first pitch. McCutchen outlasted the Cowboys’ starter Thomas Cowley.
Cowley, 8-4 entering today’s game, pitched 7.1 innings and allowed one run on six hits and zero walks while striking out seven.
McCutchen has now struck out 39 batters in his last five Big 12 starts, spanning 36.2 innings. He has also only allowed nine walks in that span.
OSU only managed six hits off McCutchen. For OU, Kody Kaiser, Freddy Rodriguez and Ryan Rohlinger all collected a hit apiece while Russell Raley added two.
The two will resume the series at 7 p.m. tonight and conclude it on Sunday at 2 p.m., with both games held at the Bricktown Ballpark.