Bedlam Baseball: Cowboys Having All The Fun

OKLAHOMA CITY – After playing before a record crowd of 11,262 at Driller Stadium on Friday night the Oklahoma State Cowboys and their Bedlam partner Oklahoma Sooners may be in line for a record as 13,066 were on hand for Saturday's game two at the AT&T Bricktown Ballpark in Oklahoma City. So far the Cowboys fans are having all the fun in Bedlam baseball 2006. The scene may have changed from Friday, but the story started out, not the same, but similar with the Cowboys winning 7-0.

Ty Wright got his first hit of the Bedlam series when he drilled a ball deep to left off OU starting pitcher Steven Guerra. Sooner leftfielder Kody Kaiser fielded it off the wall as Wright steamed into second base for the double. The next O-State hitter Shelby Ford lined a single up the middle and although the throw to the plate was in time OU catcher Jackson Williams got a little overanxious and turned to tag before he had the ball in his glove and the Cowboys led 1-0.

The third inning also was a good one for the Cowboys as they chased OU starter Guerra after Deik Scram walked on a full count with bases loaded and one out to score Corey Brown, who had singled earlier in the inning. Guerra had lost his command of his breaking pitch, his bread and butter, and Ty Wright went to a full count and got hold of pitch for a deep sacrifice fly to right to score Keanon Simon and move Tyler Mach to third. Guerra got the hook and for the second night in a row John Brownell was the first Sooner in from the bullpen. Shelby Ford greeted him with a single up the middle to score Mach and the Cowboys had matched their winning number from Friday with four runs.

In the top of the sixth Shelby Ford hit the Cowboys' third home run in the first two nights of Bedlam as he clocked a Brownell breaking pitch into the visitor's bullpen in right field for a 5-0 lead.

While the Cowboys were gathering runs on the scoreboard like a squirrel gathering acorns, Oklahoma was going hungry as Brae Wright came through with his third good performance in four starts -- his fourth last week against Nebraska rated in the solid category as the Cowboys won late over the Huskers.

Wright scattered three hits through the first five innings, but found his first trouble in the bottom of the sixth as back to back hits, including a double by Russell Raley and a two out walk to Ryan Rohlinger had the bases loaded. Wright had his crowning moment of the night as he struck out last season's Big 12 Freshman of the Year Kody Kaiser on a full count moving fastball before facing Rohlinger. Back to bases loaded as Wright got Kevin Smith to fly out to right to end the threat.

After Wright knocked out the Sooners top threat in the game, the Cowboys proceeded to skip from acorns to the "big nuts." Corey Brown and Keanon Simon led off the seventh with back to back doubles that rattled the corner in right field. Tyler Mach later added a sacrifice fly to right to score Simon. Deik Scram later doubled off the wall but was left stranded, but with the earlier action the Cowboys weren't left empty handed on the scoreboard with another deuce and a 7-0 lead.

With the OU pitchers (Burns and Nate Hammons) working in slow motion the rest of the game the only excitement down the stretch was a good old fashioned Bedlam fight in the stands on the third base side of the ball park. Both the Sooner and Cowboy involved were drenched in beer and wearing new bracelets (hand cuffs) as they marched off to spend the night on a small cot in a stinky jail cell.

The Cowboys had a much better ending to the night with the 7-0 win. The Sooners at least had better accommodations than the pair of Bedlam bruisers. Brae Wright got the win going the distance for a Big 12 leading fourth time to go 7-2 on the season. It was his second shut out of the season and the complete games and shut outs all have come in Big 12 play. Wright scattered six hits on the night. Guerra absorbs the loss to fall to 9-2.

The Oklahoma State win ends a three-game Bedlam losing streak at the AT&T Bricktown Ballpark. The Cowboys have now won 13 of their last 14 games with the only loss the series finale last Monday with Nebraska. The 24th-ranked Cowboys are now 35-14 on the season and 14-9 in Big 12 play, still in fourth in the conference ladder. However, a win in the Bedlam finale on Mother's Day for the sweep would move the Cowboys into a dead heat for third with 9th-ranked Oklahoma, now 15-8 in league play and 37-15 overall on the season. The series finale will start at 5 p.m. on Sunday and will be televised statewide.

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