May 10, 2009
OKLAHOMA CITY -- One day after wrapping up the Bedlam Series win, the No. 17 Sooners were unable to complete the sweep on Sunday after they fell 5-1 to Oklahoma State at AT&T Bricktown Ballpark.
OU (37-16 overall, 14-10 Big 12) took an early 1-0 lead in the top of the third on a wild pitch, but stranded nine base runners and allowed five unanswered runs to the Cowboys (30-21, 7-15).
Despite the loss, the Sooners won their first Bedlam Series, presented by The Oklahoman and Oklahoma Farm Bureau Insurance, since 2005.
With one weekend remaining in the regular season, OU will host Texas A&M on May 15-17 at L. Dale Mitchell Park in a battle of two teams tied for fourth place in the Big 12 standings. Texas wrapped up the regular season title on Sunday with a win over the Aggies. Missouri (16-11) sits in second place a game ahead of the Sooners and Kansas State is third at 13-9-1, just .003 percentage points ahead of OU and Texas A&M.
“I thought going into this weekend we understood what was at stake and it still is,” said OU Head Coach Sunny Golloway about the team’s NCAA postseason seeding. “We needed to win this series and next weekend.
“We are disappointed today, but we will bounce back. Texas A&M is a quality program. It’s going to be an exciting weekend.”
OSU starter Tyler Blandford sat down a career-high 12 Sooners via the strikeout though 8 1/3 innings. The hurler battled out of pivotal jams in the third and fourth, leaving Sooners stranded in scoring position.
“I thought that was the key, when we were second and third (in the third), and had a great opportunity to score,” said Golloway. We had some breakdowns offensively. When somebody is pitching really well, you don’t have many opportunities and you have to seize the moment. We didn’t do that.
“Today’s game was about starting pitching and most games are. I thought Blandford threw really well.”
In the fourth, the Cowboys took a 2-1 lead as Michael Dabbs led off the frame and tied the game with a solo homer to left. Two outs later, Kevin David drove a solo shot to left and gave OSU its first lead of the afternoon.
The Sooners fell behind 5-1 after the sixth inning as Garrett Richards’ start lasted 5 2/3. The Cowboys laced together four singles and scored three runs before Richards, who had five strikeouts, was replaced by Jeremy Erben.
The Sooners received another strong outing from the bullpen on Sunday. Erben held the Cowboys hitless over the final 2 1/3 innings of action.
In the three-game series, OU’s relievers combined strike out 21 batters and allow just one run off eight hits and four walks in 15 1/3 frames.
Jamie Johnson extended his hitting streak to 15 games with a double in the first inning. The junior has collected 24 hits in that span.