Sooners Walk Off Cowboys, Even Bedlam Series
OKLAHOMA CITY – Justin Mitchell drove a base hit to left field and Tanner Tredaway raced home from second base to score the winning run in the 10th inning as the Oklahoma baseball team evened the Bedlam series with a 3-2 win over No. 16 Oklahoma State Saturday night at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark.
The Sooners (31-19, 9-11 Big 12) snapped a four-game skid and won against the Cowboys (29-17, 11-9 Big 12) for the first time in 10 tries, setting up a rubber game at L. Dale Mitchell Park in Norman at 2 p.m. Sunday.
“You grow up wanting to be in that moment and whenever you’re in it you just try to take everything in and do the best you can to help your team win,” Mitchell said.
Sophomore Cade Cavalli was excellent in his first start since April 19, totaling five strikeouts in 3.0 hitless innings. Freshman Jaret Godman relieved him to start the fourth and proceeded to strike out seven batters and allow one run on two hits over 4.2 frames. Junior Jason Ruffcorn added a pair of punchouts as the Sooners staff totaled 14 strikeouts in the game. Sophomore Ledgend Smith earned the victory and improved to 1-1 on the season while Ben Leeper fell to 3-2 in the loss for OSU.
Tredaway reached on an error to start the bottom of the 10th and designated hitter Brady Lindsly was hit by a pitch. Two strikeouts sent Mitchell to the plate and the OU catcher delivered the game-winning single on the first pitch he saw. Tredaway stumbled rounding third, but regained his feet and crossed the plate as the throw from left field bounced away from the catcher.
“Godman was outstanding tonight,” Oklahoma head coach Skip Johnson said. “Mitchell was calm in that last at bat. He was calm all night long. He had some good at bats tonight, and that might have been one of the best games he’s caught all year long. His attention to detail tonight was at a high level.”
After a solo home run by OSU center fielder Trevor Boone in the fourth inning, Oklahoma tied it in the fifth when center fielder Milan Walla scurried home on a wild pitch. The Sooners took a 2-1 lead in the firth on a sacrifice fly by second baseman Conor McKenna. OU held the lead until the eighth inning when designated hitter Colin Simpson tied it with a solo home run.
OU and OSU played extra innings for the first time since an 18-inning 12-9 Oklahoma win in 2014 in Stillwater. It was the first Bedlam conference game to go to extra innings since 2005 when OU won 5-4 in 11 innings at Bricktown.
The Sooners will celebrate their three seniors – Blake Brewster, Ryan Madden and Brylie Ware – in a ceremony prior to Sunday’s 2 p.m. rubber game at Mitchell Park. It will be the first Bedlam conference game played in Norman since 1992.