OKLAHOMA CITY -- The Oklahoma Sooners (27-22, 10-13 Big 12) evened the Bedlam Series on Saturday with a 4-3 win over Oklahoma State (32-19, 11-12) at Bricktown Ballpark.
OU scored two runs in the second inning and two more in the fourth for the victory. Kody Kaiser and Chuckie Caufield provided the Sooners' two RBI in front of 13,066 fans in Oklahoma City.
Kaiser's fielder's choice in the fourth inning proved to be enough as the play brought home Kevin Smith for OU's fourth tally of the game.
Starter Garrett Patterson and reliever Will Savage combined to hold the Cowboys to three runs on seven hits. Patterson pitched 5.1 innings of four-hit ball.
Box Score - Oklahoma 4, Oklahoma State 3
All three runs came on Patterson's watch but only two were earned. He struck out six and walked four in just his second start since March 18, against Arizona State, to improve to 5-2 this year.
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Savage entered the game in the sixth frame with one out on the board and allowed just three hits in 3.2 innings. Savage struck out one Cowboy to record his first save of the season.
Savage has appeared out of the bullpen in six of the last seven OU games. He has not allowed a run in his last three relief appearances and in the last week and a half, Savage has posted three wins and a save.
OSU starter, Blake Kronkosky, was chased out of the fifth inning after he gave up four runs--two earned--on four hits and five walks. The lefty lasted 4.1 innings and struck out four before falling to 2-2 on the season.
For the second consecutive game, the Cowboys took the game's initial lead after Mike Hernandez provided a sacrifice fly, bringing home Justin Colbert in the first.
The Sooners countered immediately in their next at-bat when Chuckie Caufield's RBI single to center field brought home Jackson Williams and an error on the same play by OSU's centerfielder allowed Kaiser to cross home plate.
With a 2-1 lead, Patterson received more run insurance in the fourth inning. Before Kaiser's sacrifice, Russell Raley scored on a routine ball hit to third baseman Rusty Ryal off of Kevin Smith's bat. Smith hit a sharp grounder and the error by Ryal paved the way for the Sooners' third run, represented by Raley.
OSU kept things interesting as Chris Gutierrez put together a stellar day at the plate. The Cowboys shortstop collected hits in each of his first two at-bats and recorded two more to finish the game 4-for-4. Gutierrez's second and third hits provided Cowboy runs in the fourth and and sixth inning. After his second RBI, which brought the OU lead down to one, OSU's next eight batters were retired in order to finish the game.
The rubber match will take place at the Bricktown Ballpark at 2 p.m. The game will be broadcast live on KOKC 1520 AM and the game can also be seen on ESPN (Cox Ch. 28).
OU lost the series opener 3-1 on Saturday, in a continued game in OKC, after Friday's game in Tulsa was suspended due to rain and lighting. In the last three years of the Bedlam Series, five of the nine games have been decided by two runs or less.
The last time the Sooners dropped the first game in the set and won the second game was in 2003. An unranked Sooner team dropped the opener, 3-8, to then-No. 20 Oklahoma State but came back to win games two and three, 7-4 and 6-5, respectively.
Sunday's contest will be a huge game in terms of the Big 12 standings. After Texas Tech (8-13) dropped a 6-1 game to Nebraska on Saturday, OU remains in sixth place behind OSU in fifth. The top eight teams in the conference standings advance on to the Phillips 66 Big 12 Tournament held in Oklahoma City this year. Only one week of conference action remains and that will feature OU hosting its final home series of the season against Texas Tech.