The Oklahoma State Cowboys (26-25, 8-14) took advantage of a shortened Bedlam series and swept bitter rival Oklahoma (34-20, 12-11) in two games.
Lightning and rain wrecked havoc on the series. First cancelling the Thursday game in Tulsa which forced a double header on Friday in Oklahoma City. The teams got through half of a game on Friday that resumed Saturday, followed by another full game.
Game 1 took near 48 hours to complete but before the delay the Cowboys took control 5-2 mid 5th before the hiatus.
Oklahoma made it interesting late by loading the bases and trailing 9-7 but were unable to capitalize.
This set up a win or go home situation for the Pokes as they looked to clinch the 8 seed in the Big 12 Tournament next week at Chickasaw Ballpark in Bricktown. Lose, their season is over. Win and they fight another day.
In a series that often sees the struggling program take advantage of the atmosphere Josh Holliday’s squad did just that in game 2.
It was all Pokes from the get go as they jumped to a 3-0 lead in the first inning and maintained to finish the sweep 5-2.
OU skipper Pete Hughes responded to if the weather played a factor in his team’s ability to compete.
“Both teams went through it and they didn’t go through anything we didn’t go through and they beat us twice today. Essentially they beat us twice today. They played better baseball than we did.”
Unless Oklahoma wins the Big 12 Tournament next week it’s most likely that the Sooners’ chances for hosting a regional have been squashed. However for the first time in four seasons Pete Hughes looks to finally make it to the tournament with OU in the last year of his contract.
Oklahoma State extends their season and will participate in the conference tournament next week. They need to win it all to advance any further this season.