STILL WATER – Oklahoma State’s late rally leveled the Bedlam Series as the No. 4 Cowboys clinched an 8-7 win over Oklahoma in a game that ended early Sunday morning in front of a record crowd of 7,811 fans at O’Brate Stadium.
Victory sets up a rubber game on Sunday, with the first pitch for the final scheduled for 3:00 p.m. The Cowboys are now 22-9 overall and 6-2 in Big 12 play, while OU are 18-11 and 4-4 in the league.
Markus Brownwho singled to open the bottom of the ninth scored the winning run on a wild pitch, and Nolan McLean scored the first win of his career after working out a perfect top of the frame.
Rock Riggio had a career night on the plate for the Cowboys as the freshman went 3-for-5 with two home runs, a double and five RBIs. McLean and Caeden Trenkle also drove in runs for OSU.
It was the cowboys who struck first in this case. With a at the end of the first, Riggio sent the 10th Pitch the at-bat deep into the right midfield seats to give OSU a 1-0 lead.
Riggio again put runs on the board for the Cowboys in the second game, this time with a two-out, two-RBI double in the gap to give the home team a 3-0 advantage.
Oklahoma hit back at the top of the third, leveling the game against the OSU starter Victor Mederos. The Sooners covered three runs in the innings with three hits and two walks, all three runs being scored by two-out hits.
The game would remain a tie until the seventh inning when the Sooners struck again. Oklahoma spanned four runs with four hits, with runs scoring via an error, fielder’s choice, sacrifice fly and a single to take a 7-3 lead.
OSU got a runback into the bottom of the seventh from McLean’s at-bat. On a 2-1 pitch, McLean sent a pitch over the batter’s eye in midfield for a 471-foot solo home run. The cracker was his team-best sixth of the year and ensured the 7:4 win.
The game turned again in the eighth as the Pokes rallied for three runs to level the score. Trenkle brought home the first run with a brace, and next Riggio fired his second roundtripper of the night over the wall in right field to level the score at 7-7.
After McLean dominated the Sooners in the ninth, OSU opened the bottom of the inning with Brown’s base hit and a sacrifice that was over Hueston Morrill put him in goal position. After a single by Jason Crull to corner the Cowboys with an out, Brown came home with the winning run on a wild pitch from Trevin Michael.