May 11, 2001

TULSA, Okla. - Oklahoma State starting pitcher Josh Merrigan and reliever Shane Hawk combined to shut down Oklahoma's offense on three hits as the Cowboys won game one of the Bedlam Series, 11-1, Friday night at Driller's Stadium.

The game ended after 8.1 innings when OSU second baseman Nebasett Brown (3-for-5) doubled home the final run to force a run-rule decision. Merrigan tossed a one-hitter through five innings as OU was only able to muster one run in the first inning. OU (23-29-1, 13-14-1 Big 12) lost only its second game in Tulsa since the two teams began splitting the series between Tulsa and Oklahoma City in 1991. OSU(36-18, 14-14 Big 12) snapped a five-game losing streak to the Sooners with the win.

Oklahoma picked up its lone run in the top of the first inning. Senior centerfielder Jerome Godsey (0-for-2)led off the game by being hit by a pitch and advancing to second base on a wildpitch. Godsey was then singled home two batters later by senior leftfielder Greg Dobbs (2-for-4), who accounted for two of the three Sooner hits in the game.

The Cowboys then took the lead the next frame with a two-run second inning and extended their lead on a solo home run by shortstop Paul Powell (1-for-4) in the third inning and one more run in the fourth inning.

After OSU plated an unearned run in the sixth inning, the Cowboys exploded for five runs in the seventh inning to open up a 10-1 lead and put the game away.

Oklahoma starting pitcher Rocky Cherry (8-7) lasted only four innings and surrendered OSU's first four runs of the game in suffering the loss for the Sooners.

Bothteams will face each other tomorrow at 2 p.m. for game two of the series at the Southwestern Bell Bricktown Ballpark in Oklahoma City.