May 9, 2009
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- Bryant Hernandez and Aaron Baker scored on the final two of four ninth-inning passed balls by Oklahoma State catcher Kevin David, allowing No. 17 Oklahoma to beat the Cowboys 7-5 on Saturday night.
Oklahoma (37-15, 14-9 Big 12) clinched the annual Bedlam series for the first time since 2005 with its second straight win over Oklahoma State (29-21, 6-15). The win also keeps alive the Sooners' hopes for a conference title.
"Anything can happen it seems in Bedlam," Oklahoma coach Sunny Golloway said. "That's what makes this series so great."
Oklahoma will enter Sunday's game tied for second with Texas A&M, trailing league leader Texas (35-12, 16-9-1).
The Sooners also dealt a serious blow to Oklahoma State's hopes of extending its streak of consecutive conference tournament appearances to 32. Oklahoma State would need to win its last four league games and get help to qualify for the eight-team Big 12 tournament.
The Cowboys lost despite a career-high 13 strikeouts by left-hander Tyler Lyons (5-5), who pitched into the ninth before Oklahoma State's defense fell apart.
Anderson's outburst came after David's third passed ball of the inning allowed Hernandez to score. The Cowboys argued that Casey Johnson had foul-tipped the ball, although replays clearly indicated otherwise.
While Johnson was still batting, another passed ball by David allowed Baker to score an insurance run.
Ryan Duke struck out three of four Oklahoma State batters in the bottom of the inning to record his 12th save of the season, the most since Bucky Buckles had 14 in Oklahoma's national-championship season in 1994.
Chase Anderson (2-1) had a career-high eight strikeouts in five innings of relief, his longest outing of the season, for Oklahoma.
"One of the things we told our club" before the Bedlam series "is it won't be easy," Golloway said. "... I think our guys have had the frame of mind that it's going to be tough."
A two-run single by freshman Garrett Buechele put the Sooners ahead 2-0 in the top of the first, but David's liner over the left-field wall in the bottom of the inning pulled the Cowboys even at 2-2.
Neil Medchill and Tom Belza each hit RBI singles for Oklahoma State in the third, putting the Cowboys up 4-2, but the Sooners responded with a three-run, fourth-inning outburst. With two outs, Oklahoma had four straight hits off Lyons, including a run-scoring double by Hernandez and a two-run single to left by J.T. Wise.
Oklahoma State loaded the bases with one out in the bottom of the fourth against Chase Anderson, but he escaped the jam by striking out Medchill and David.
Michael Dabbs' leadoff home run in the sixth off Chase Anderson tied the game.
Matt Harughty reached on an error by Oklahoma State third baseman Tyrone Hambly to open the ninth, and Randy McCurry replaced Lyons. Hernandez reached on a fielder's choice before McCurry struck out Wise, the Big 12's leading hitter.