Bedlam Gets Underway Thursday in OKC

Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma
MAY 14, 2014
 Oklahoma (27-25, 7-14) vs. No. 6 Oklahoma State (39-13, 16-5)
 Location:  Thursday:
 Oklahoma City - Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark (9,000)
 Tulsa - ONEOK Field (7,333)
 Tickets:  Thursday | Friday | Saturday
 Radio:  KREF 1400 AM/98.5 FM
 Toby Rowland | Chris Plank
TV:  Thursday:
 FOX College Sports-Central
 Chad McKee | Jay Payton
 Live Stats:  Thursday | Friday | Saturday
 Game Info:  Game Notes (PDF)

 Pitching Match-Ups
 7:00 PM Thursday:  LHP-Jacob Evans (So., 3-4, 5.70)
 RHP-Jon Perrin (Jr., 6-3, 1.75)
 7:00 PM Friday:  RHP-Jake Elliott (Fr., 2-3, 3.27)
 RHP-Tyler Buffett (Fr., 2-1, 2.70)
 7:00 PM Saturday:  RHP-Kindle Ladd (Sr., 3-3, 4.65)

NORMAN, Okla. – The Sooners and No. 6 Cowboys face off in Bedlam for the final series of the regular season. Oklahoma State will be the home team and playing for a shot at the Big 12 title, while Oklahoma looks to gain momentum with the postseason right around the corner.

Oklahoma improved to 27-25 overall and coming off a 1-2 weekend at TCU. Junior Mac James leads the Sooners with a .347 batting average and 39 RBI. Sophomore left fielder Hunter Haley is hitting .303 with a team-high 41 runs and 11 stolen bases. He is tied for the team lead in home run with freshman infielder Sheldon Neuse at six. Oklahoma is 20-11 in non-conference games with James hitting at a .411 clip. Freshman RHP Jake Elliott returned to the rotation on Saturday for his first start since April 5. He is 2-3 with a 3.27 earned run average, best among OU starters, and 35 strikeouts, while holding opponents to a .219 average. In the two non-conference games between the two teams, the competition has been dominated by pitching. The Sooners are hitting just .212 in the Bedlam Series, while the Cowboys are hitting .231.

1st - On the Air

Veteran OU broadcasters Toby Rowland (play-by-play) and Chris Plank (sideline) will handle the call on KREF Sports Talk 1400 AM and 98.5 FM. Thursday’s game will be broadcast by Sooner Sports TV on FOX College Sports-Central with Chad McKee (pbp) and former Major Leaguer Jay Payton (color) working the game.

2nd - Scouting the Cowboys

Oklahoma State has won 10 in a row following a non-conference win over Oral Roberts and a series sweep at Kansas State. Overall, the Cowboys are 39-13 with a 16-5 Big 12 record and have reached as high as No. 6 in the USA Today/ESPN Coaches’ Poll. Catcher/left fielder Gage Green leads OSU with a .330 batting average and 15 stolen bases. Designated hitter Zach Fish has slugged a team-high 10 home runs and driven in 38 runs to go with a .323 batting average. Right-hander Jon Perrin (6-3) will get the start on Thursday. He holds a 1.76 ERA and has struck out 68 over 77.1 innings.

3rd - All-Time vs. OSU

Oklahoma holds a narrow edge over Oklahoma State in the all-time series, 138-131. The Cowboys have won seven of the last 11 match-ups in the series. The last time the Sooners won back-to-back games over OSU was in 2010-11.

4th - Bedlam Personified

Ten minutes past minute, Kolbey Carpenter ripped a double to left that scored the go-ahead run in the top of the 18th as Oklahoma pulled away for a 12-9 win over No. 13 Oklahoma State on the road Tuesday night. The win was the longest game in OU history and first in Stillwater since 1992. RHP Kindle Ladd (3-1) pitched brilliantly in relief; scattering two hits and two walks, while striking out four over six innings of shutout relief. In the 18th, Austin O’Brien drew a one-out walk to start the rally and scored the game-winning run.

5th - Up Next

The Sooners have clinched a spot in the Phillips 66 Big 12 Championship in OKC next weekend. Oklahoma is three games up with three to play on Kansas State and won the series with the Wildcats in Norman back in March. The tournament will be held at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark in Oklahoma City, May 21-25.

6th - #YardWork

Oklahoma has hit 28 home runs in 52 games, including 22 in the friendly confines of L. Dale Mitchell Park. Haley and Neuse have hit a team-high six, while James has added five. Each home run hit this season by Haley has come in home games.

7th - Getting The Call

Right-handed pitcher Chase Anderson received his Major League call-up from Double-A with the Arizona Diamondbacks on May 6. He made his debut in a 5.1-inning start against the Chicago White Sox on Sunday and picked up the win as he allowed just one run on two hits, while striking out six.

8th - Triple Nation

Oklahoma ranks seventh in the country and first in the Big 12 with 21 triples. Three players are among the top 60 in the nation, including Neuse (2nd, 7), Haley (11th, 6) and Aikin (58th, 4).

9th - 2013 Bedlam

Bedlam took place during the second to last weekend of the regular season in 2013. Oklahoma State won the opener in Tulsa, 4-3, behind a complete game from Jason Hursh and a three-hit game from Green. The Cowboys picked up another, narrow 4-3 win as the series shifted to OKC. Hector Lorenzana went 3-for-4 with two RBI for the Sooners, but Jonathan Gray tossed 109 pitched in just five innings of work in only his second loss of the season. Oklahoma salvaged the finale of the series in the third one-run game of the weekend, winning 5-4. Carpenter went 3-for-4 at the dish with two RBI, while Kyle Hayes, Ralph Garza Jr. and Jacob Evans combined for five innings of shutout relief.



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