TULSA — During the first two games of the Bedlam series, Oklahoma State had strong outings from its starting pitchers. Saturday at ONEOK Field was a different story as Garrett Williams didn't make it out of the first inning and the Sooners powered their way to a 8-1 victory in the Bedlam series finale.
The loss snapped the Cowboys' winning streak at 12 and was their first since a 3-0 loss at Texas on April 25.
“(OU) came out in the first inning and got on us,” OSU coach Josh Holliday said. “They got some clutch hits and we made a mistake here and there, they created an inning and dropped a four spot on us. … We couldn't really get anything going. I thought Kindle Ladd pitched really well for them and (Jeffrey) Curran did good behind him.”
Williams gave up four runs with two earned on four hits and walked two batters. The Sooners did their damage with two outs. Williams' walks loaded the bases and Oklahoma's catcher Anthony Heremlyn made him pay with a two-RBI single. Hunter Haley reached on an error by Tim Arakawa to load the bases and ended Williams night. Blake Battenfield, of Verdigris, came in and gave up a two-RBI single. The inning ended when Josh Ake flied out to right.
The Sooners (28-27, 8-16) chased Battenfield from the game in the fourth inning as their first four batters reached. Craig Aikin doubled to center field and scored Kolbey Carpenter. Hector Lorenzana followed with a RBI double that scored Ake. Trey Cobb came in and pitched four innings and only gave up two hits and struck out four.
“We didn't attack as well as we would like,” Holliday said. “When we've had good days on pitching and the defensive side there is a nice up tempo beat on that side of the ball. We weren't able to establish that tonight. Credit goes to OU for what they did to swing the bat and have good at bats against us.”