Baseball: Cowboys Down Sooners in Bedlam Opener

The University of Oklahoma baseball team dropped its Bedlam Series opener to No. 6 Oklahoma State in front of 5,478 at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark, Thursday night. The Sooners fell to 27-26 overall and 7-15 in the Big 12, while the Cowboys ran off their 11th straight win to improve to 40-13 and 17-5. OSU also claimed at least a share of the regular season title with TCU and has clinched the top seed in next week’s conference tournament.

Sophomore left-hander Jacob Evans (Broken Arrow, Okla.) pitched a career-high 6.1 innings of solid baseball in his eighth start of the season. However, a two-out three-run home run by right fielder Conor Costello in the sixth spoiled what would have been a quality start. Evans (3-5) took the loss after allowing four runs on eight hits and a walk, while striking out five.

The Cowboys plated the first run of the game in the fourth inning when they loaded the bases with no outs. Designated hitter Zach Fish singled to start the frame and scored on a sacrifice-fly from left fielder Aaron Cornell.

Oklahoma State threatened again with the bases loaded in the seventh. Senior right-hander Kyle Hayes (Santee, Calif.) entered with two outs as the third Sooner pitcher of the night. He fell behind in the count, 3-0, but came all the way back to get second baseman Tim Arakawa looking.

Oklahoma would cut into the OSU lead in the top of the eighth. Sophomore second baseman Kolbey Carpenter (Waco, Texas) and sophomore center fielder Craig Aikin (Coppell, Texas) each singled. Right-hander Vince Wheeland replaced right-handed starter Jon Perrin with one out and promptly threw two wild pitches that brought Carpenter in to score. Aikin touched home on a sacrifice-fly from third baseman Sheldon Neuse (Fort Worth, Texas) that cut the lead in half.

Perrin (7-3) went 7.1 innings in the victory. He scattered seven hits, allowed two runs and struck out four without issuing a single free pass.

The series moves to Tulsa’s ONEOK Field for games two and three. Both will be 7:00 pm start times.

W - Perrin (7-3)7.172204
L - Evans (3-5)6.184415
S - McCurry (16)1.000001
Individual Leaders
OSU - Costello211311
OU - Aikin412000

/// SoonerSports PR
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