Sooners Take Bedlam

5-26-07 - The Sooners’ extended their winning streak over Oklahoma State in the Big 12 Championship to seven games with a wild 9-8 win on Friday in front of 9,582 fans at AT&T Bricktown Ballpark.

Down 8-4 in the bottom of the ninth, the Sooners plated five runs to record their first win this season in 21 chances when trailing after eight innings. The game-tying and the go-ahead runs both scored on wild pitches by OSU’s Jordy Mercer (2-1).

Aaron Baker scored the equalizer and Joseph Hughes scored the game winner as OU improved to 34-23 overall. The loss dropped Oklahoma State to 38-18.

“What happened tonight, it could be a sign of destiny for us," said OU head coach Sunny Golloway. "But we’ve got to go out and take care of business against a Baylor team that’s playing real well right now.”

The Sooners clubbed 18 hits to the Cowboys' 15 and were led by multi-hit performances by Cory Williamson (2-for-5), Jackson Williams (3-for-5), Aaron Reza (3-for-4), Baker (3-for-5) and Hughes (4-for-5). Hughes also collected a game-high three RBIs.

The Sooners earned redemption on Friday with the win after the Cowboys swept the three-game set earlier this season, including two one-run losses. The Bedlam series has featured seven one-run decisions in the last 16 meetings.

The bottom of the ninth began with a leadoff walk issued to Aaron Ivey. The next batter, Joe Dunigan, hit a potential double-play ball to second base, but he instead beat out the throw as Ivey was eliminated from the base paths. The Sooners loaded the bases on back-to-back singles by Williamson and Williams. OSU recorded the second out as Reza went down swinging but the Sooner rally continued as Baker drove in the first run of the frame on a single through the left side of the infield.

Hughes came up next and drove a two-run single up the middle and Mike Gosse, who came off the bench to pinch hit in the eighth, followed and loaded the bases with a base on balls. Brandon Moss also came off the bench to pinch hit but did not get a chance to drive in a run as Mercer threw two wild pitches to end the game.

Chris Henry (2-0) pitched the final 1 2/3 innings to give OU a 2-0 advantage in pool play heading into tomorrow's final day. Stephen Porlier made the start and lasted 6 1/3 innings for OU with five strikeouts, but gave up four runs on eight hits and three walks. Jimmy Rollins, Nich Conaway and Andrew Doyle also pitched on Friday and combined for one official inning.

OSU built an early 3-0 lead with Tyler Mach’s run scoring double and Mercer’s two-run double in the first inning.

Oklahoma battled back in the second inning to load the bases with zero outs but only managed one run after Hughes grounded into a double play and Aljay Davis flew out to center field.

Despite loading the bases on a couple of occasions, the Sooners only stranded eight base runners to the Cowboys' 12. However, several of OU's scoring chances were squandered on three double plays turned by the OSU defense.

The Sooners cut the lead down to one run on Davis’ RBI ground out in the fourth and held the Cowboys were scoreless for five straight innings. However, OSU broke through in the seventh and eighth innings with two and three runs, respectively.

Oklahoma equaled OSU's two-run eighth with a pair of runs in the bottom half of the frame on Hughes run-scoring single to center field and Gosse's pinch-hit RBI single.

The Sooners will battle the tournament's only other undefeated team, Baylor, at 8 p.m. at the AT&T Bricktown Ballpark on Saturday. The winner will advance to Sunday's championship game set for 1 p.m.