Bedlam: Cowboys Living On Tulsa Time

Oklahoma State baseball fans that live in the Tulsa area have looked forward to the annual Bedlam baseball series with anticipation in recent years. It is often the only time Cowboy fans in the Tulsa area get to see their favorite team in action, and secondly it is a fun evening as OSU has dominated the games in Tulsa for much of the 21st century.

The Bedlam series returns Friday to Tulsa, although this year's game will be played at the new ONEOK Field in downtown Tulsa. The first game of the Bedlam series will be played in Tulsa with the final two games moving to the Bricktown Ballpark in Oklahoma City.

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.

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