Friday's first pitch is scheduled at the sold-old ONEOK Field (more than 9,000 tickets have been sold) is scheduled for 7:38 p.m. The second game of the series is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. Saturday, and the third game will be played at 4:05 p.m. Sunday.
The series is a crucial one for the Cowboys (26-18 overall) because they are just 7-11 in Big 12 play and currently in eighth-place in the conference standings. Only the top eight teams (out of 10 that play baseball) advance to the Big 12 Tournament in Oklahoma City later this month.
The 14th-ranked Oklahoma Sooners enter the series with a 33-12 record and 10-9 in Big 12 play (fourth place).
The Cowboys have enjoyed a lot of success in games played in Tulsa since the year 2000. OSU suffered a 5-3 loss to OU at Drillers Stadium that year but then went on an eight-year winning streak, including four consecutive victories under OSU head coach Frank Anderson, before the streak was broken.
Oklahoma State had won every year since 2001 – by an average score of 7.5 to 3.4 – before suffering a 5-2 loss in the last game of the series played at Drillers Stadium a year ago.
The Cowboys have already defeated the Sooners once this season, winning 7-6 in 10 innings in a non-conference game (that doesn't count in the Big 12 standings) on April 13 in Stillwater.