Bedlam Baseball Arrives

Oklahoma State looks to get back on track in Big 12 play this weekend against Oklahoma in the annual Bedlam baseball series. The Cowboys and Sooners will hook up on Friday at Drillers Stadium in Tulsa before moving to Oklahoma City for the final two matchups. The in Tulsa is approaching a sellout with limited tickets available. Around 10,000 tickets have been sold for Saturday's contest while 7,000 have been sold for Sunday.

Oklahoma State (31-18, 10-11 Big 12) vs. Oklahoma (26-21, 9-12 Big 12)
Friday, May 13, 7:35 p.m. @ Drillers Stadium (10,997), Tulsa
Saturday, May 14, 7:06 p.m., SBC Bricktown Ballpark (13,066), Oklahoma City
Sunday, May 15, 2:06 p.m., SBC Bricktown Ballpark (13,066), Oklahoma City
All-Time Series
Oklahoma State leads 136-133 in series results that date back to 1935.

Last Two Years
May 1, 2004: Oklahoma 4, Oklahoma State 1 (Game 2), Oklahoma City
May 1, 2004: Oklahoma State 6, Oklahoma 5 (Game 1), Oklahoma City
April 30, 2004: Oklahoma State 8, Oklahoma 5, Tulsa
May 22, 2003: Oklahoma 4, Oklahoma State 2, Oklahoma City (Big 12 Tourn.)
April 27, 2003: Oklahoma 6, Oklahoma State 5, Oklahoma City
April 26, 2003: Oklahoma 7, Oklahoma State 4, Oklahoma City
April 25, 2003: Oklahoma State 8, Oklahoma 3, Tulsa

Neither team is ranked this week.

Cox Cable (Friday): Brian Brinkley (Play-By-Play), Kenny Mossman (Analysis)
ESPNU (Saturday): Mark Neeley (Play-By-Play), Kyle Peterson (Analysis)
ESPN/ESPNU (Sunday): Dave Barnett (Play-By-Play), Kyle Peterson (Analysis)

About Oklahoma
Oklahoma is 26-21 overall and in sixth place in the Big 12 with a 9-12 mark entering the weekend. The Sooners are 3-1 under interim head coach Sunny Golloway who replaced Larry Cochell following his resignation on May 1. Junior third baseman Ryan Rohlinger leads the team with a .361 batting average to go along with seven homers and 38 RBIs. Freshman Kody Kaiser is the top power source with eight homers, while first baseman Eric Thornton leads the squad with 41 RBIs. The Sooner pitching staff is led by ace right-hander Daniel McCutchen who is 2-4 on the year with a 4.76 ERA. He is 1-2 with a 2.95 ERA in eight conference games including four starts. The rest of the pitching rotation for the weekend is still to be determined. OU sports a 4.70 team ERA with 346 strikeouts and 168 walks in 419 innings pitched.

Bedlam Series Notables
Oklahoma State's series win over Oklahoma last season was its first since the 2001 series sweep ... OU has won three of the last five series (2000, 2002, 2003) ... OSU has won the last four meetings in Tulsa and are 5-9 all-time against the Sooners at Drillers Stadium ... OU has won six of the last seven meetings at Bricktown and hold a 12-6 advantage over the Cowboys there ... OSU is 12-12 against OU in Big 12 regular season matchups and 0-5 in Big 12 tournament games ... Cowboy senior hurler Scott Richmond picked up both of OSU's wins in the series last year.

Brown's Big Bat
Freshman Corey Brown has become the best outfielder in the Big 12 and showed a flair for the dramatic with a walk-off double in Tuesday's win over ORU. He has been on a tear offensively and has become a driving force in the Oklahoma State lineup in the second half of the season. Brown is not only making a push for the Big 12's Freshman of the Year award, he should also be considered for All-America honors as well. The Tampa, Fla., product went 3-for-7 against Texas A&M with two homers and three RBIs. He was also walked six times in the three games including a career-high three times in Sunday's finale. Brown was 5-for-11 against Texas the previous weekend with a homer, triple, double and three runs scored. He is now 20-for-43 (.465) in his last 12 conference games with five homers, nine RBIs and 13 runs scored. He leads OSU and is third in the conference with a .390 batting average to go with 12 homers and 41 RBI. Both his batting average and homer totals are tops among freshman and outfielders in the conference. Brown also leads the Cowboys and is second in the league with a .418 average in 21 conference games to go along with five homers and 15 RBI.

Simon Says With His Bat
Sophomore outfielder Keanon Simon has stepped up recently at the plate and has shown that he is fully healthy and ready to go down the home stretch of the season. The Allen, Okla., product was hampered by a hand injury that limited his playing time in April. He tied a single game career high with three hits against Texas A&M on April 30 and tied it again with three hits against Oral Roberts on Tuesday. Simon has seen his average bump from .250 entering the A&M series to .282 entering the Bedlam series this weekend. He is making his case to get back in the everyday lineup.

Kronkosky Stepping Up
Sophomore left-hander Blake Kronkosky has stepped into the weekend rotation in the middle of April and has allowed only two combined runs in 17 innings against Missouri (4/15) and Texas A&M (4/30). He is coming off a stellar performance against Texas A&M where he tossed a complete game five-hit shutout. Kronkosky needed less than 80 pitches and allowed just five hits in picking up his first win in an OSU uniform. The Leander, Texas product then picked up his second win of the season by pitching a scoreless ninth inning against Oral Roberts Tuesday night. He is now 2-1 on the year with a 3.24 ERA and has not allowed a run in his last 10 innings pitched.

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