TULSA, Okla. -- The No. 14 Sooners blasted five home runs en route to a 7-6 victory in game one of Bedlam Series on Friday against Oklahoma State.
The game, played in front of an overflow crowd of 9,417 fans, was the first in the rivalry at the Tulsa Drillers' new stadium, OneOK Field. OU also won the last game played in Tulsa at the old Drillers Stadium. OU has won four out of the last six games in the series.
"What a great Bedlam baseball game to break in this beautiful new ballpark," said OU Head Coach Sunny Golloway. "It's a great opportunity for our student-athletes to be able and participate in this setting. Finding victory tonight makes us feel a lot better about the start (here)."
Oklahoma improved to 34-12 overall and 11-9 in Big 12 play while the Cowboys dropped to 26-19 and 7-12. The non-conference meeting earlier in the season was also decided by a 7-6 score in OSU's favor. Since 1997, 15 of the games in the series have been decided by one run and OU is 10-5 in those contests against OSU and 7-3 in 2010 (57-22-1 under Golloway).
The Cowboys jumped out to an early advantage with one run tallied in each of the first four innings, including Dean Green's solo shot to lead off the second.
Down 4-0 after the top of the fourth,the Sooners countered with five home runs in the fourth, fifth and seventh innings to record their 19th comeback victory of the season.
"We're very impressed with the way our student-athletes participated," added Golloway. "We came out and gave up an awful lot of single runs early. They stole some bases and they set it up and did what they had to do. But the way we came back with the long ball. Which you know, I've been asked a lot about the home runs and its been a pleasant surprise."
Cameron Seitzer put OU ahead 5-4 in the fifth with the third roundtripper of the frame.
Garrett Buechele, who extended his hitting streak to 18 games earlier in the contest with a double in the fifth, gave OU extra insurance with a two-run homer in the seventh. The homer tied Buechele with Seitzer for the team lead.
"We are not a team that has to depend on hitting the long ball," said Buechele. "We have guys that can bunt and play small ball as well with the best of them. The fact that we can drive the ball out of the yard is good for our club late in games when we need runs. We can put up a five-spot up just like that."
Max White, Cody Reine and Chris Ellison also homered in the contest and helped give the Sooners 11 dingers in their last two Big 12 games. It also handed Tyler Lyons (3-5) the loss despite recording seven strikeouts and zero walks.
Zach Neal earned the win for OU with 6 2/3 innings and improved to 7-1 with five strikeouts and one walk. Neal allowed just three earned runs and settled down after the fourth.
"Zach did a great job of staying in the game when a lot of guys would have gotten rattled," said Golloway.
Neal's performance paved the way for the Sooner bullpen as Jeremy Erben kept the game close while Ryan Duke recorded his Big 12 leading 11th save of the year. It was Duke's first save since game one of the Missouri series on April 9.
The Bedlam Series moves to Oklahoma City with games two and three set to be played at AT&T Bricktown Ballpark on Saturday (7:05 p.m.) and Sunday (4:05 p.m.).