Oliver Shuts Down Sooners

TULSA – Andrew Oliver showed the Oklahoma Sooners why he has to be considered one of the Big 12 Conference's best pitchers Friday night in the first game of the three-game Bedlam Series. The Oklahoma State left-handed pitcher shut down the Sooners, allowing just one run and seven hits in leading the eighth-ranked Cowboys to a 7-1 victory at Drillers Stadium.

Oliver allowed the first two Sooners to get hits – Jamie Johnson's leadoff double and Aljay Davis' infield single – but was dominant in front of crowd of 11,262 fans (the second largest crowd to ever see a Bedlam game in Tulsa, and it's safe to say 85 percent of them were wearing orange) to pull the Cowboys within two games of first-place Texas A&M in the Big 12 race.

Oliver improved his record to 6-2 while only allowing seven hits in eight innings, while striking out seven Sooners and allowing just two walks.

"I thought Andrew Oliver was really the difference in the game," OU head coach Sonny Golloway said.

The Cowboy pitcher got all the support he needed in the first two innings. Rebel Ridling's two-out double to centerfield scored Matt Hague in the top of the first inning.

The Sooners tied the game 1-1 in the bottom of the first on Johnson's double, Davis' infield single and J.T. Wise's sacrifice fly to score Johnson.

But the Cowboys gave Oliver all the support he would need in the top of the second. Luis Flores led off with a single but was forced out on designated hitter Dean Green's grounder. Tyrone Hambly followed with a single to move Green into scoring position at second base.

Thomas Belza, hitting ninth in the order, doubled to right-centerfield to score Green and give the Cowboys a 2-1 lead. Donnie Webb then stepped to the plate and singled into left to score both Belza and Webb.

The Cowboys added single runs in the fifth, seventh and ninth innings. Hague led off the fifth inning with a solo home run (his ninth of the season). Hague then led off the seventh with a double, moved to third on Ridling's single and scored on Neil Medchill's sacrifice fly to center.

The final OSU run scored when Ridling homered to left field in the ninth.

The Cowboys improve to 39-14 overall with the win.

The Bedlam Series continues Saturday and Sunday in Oklahoma City.

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