MattBob's Baseball Preview-Bedlam

With a week of finals behind them the 17th-ranked Oklahoma State Cowboys hope to get back on track when they take the field against Bedlam rival Oklahoma at Driller Stadium in Tulsa on Friday. The Cowboys were held in check versus Texas last weekend. The vaulted home lineup was held to just four runs and was the victim of a sweep at the hands of Texas.

The Sooners also struggled on their home field last weekend. OU was beaten by Kansas in the final two games of their series. The one Sooner win came with Stephen Porlier on the mound on Friday. Porlier is having an outstanding season for the Sooners. The Tulane transfer leads the Big 12 in Strikeouts with 79.

Poke fans have no problem remember the drama that took place last year in Bedlam. After completing a regular season sweep of the Sooners, including two shutouts, the coaches of both teams came close to blows in a very heated argument. The Sooners would end up having the last laugh when they scored 14 unearned runs to win 21-6 in a match up in the Big 12 tournament.

This Oklahoma team is one full of newcomers up and down the lineup that have never experienced anything as intense as the crowds they will see this weekend. One such newcomer is Aljay Davis. Aljay originally signed with Oklahoma State out of high school before opting to attend junior college. This season Davis has an impressive .425 on base percentage, due in large part to his ability to draw walks.

Oklahoma State features several players looking to make a big splash while playing in their final Bedlam series. The late Saturday start time will allow for those players that chose to attend graduation ceremonies and walk across the stage at Gallagher-Iba Arena.

Two OSU seniors are having tremendous years. Leftfielder Ty Wright is currently riding a 21-game hitting streak and batting an impressive .433. Ty's 21-game streak is good enough for fifth longest in Cowboy history. Of course, the 1987 season of Robin Ventura and his 58-game streak will not be matched, but it is a testament to Wright's consistency this season.

The other senior leading the way this season is Keanon Simon. Simon will be counted on this weekend in Bricktown to cover a lot of ground from his centerfield position.

Against Texas, the Cowboys squandered the best start they have had in two months. Jeff Breedlove, the Friday night starter, pitched a six-inning dandy only allowing three runs, but he suffered the loss when the lineup couldn't generate runs. The lineup may struggle in Tulsa against the quality starter Porlier so Breedlove's work will be cut out for him. He has to go out and give the start of his life.

Oliver Odle will take the mound for the Pokes on Saturday. Odle has been extremely successful in Bricktown. In two outings last season, Odle hurled 17 and a third innings, including a complete game shutout of Oklahoma. The Bricktown ballpark is designed for a pitcher like Odle, and he should expect to have similar success again this year.

This week, while taking the players were taking finals, several Oklahoma State players received national recognition. Tyler Mach and Corey Brown were named as semifinalists for the Golden Spikes Award. The only Cowboy to ever win the Golden Spikes Award was legendary Robin Ventura.

The first game of Bedlam is scheduled for Friday night at 7:30 p.m. in Tulsa, with the final two games being played in Bricktown. Saturday's game will begin at 7:35 p.m., with Sunday's finale scheduled for a 4:05 p.m. start, and the series finale will be broadcast across the state on Cox Sports as a part of the Sooner Sports Network. The weather looks to be free of rain, but wind may play a factor in the games.

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