STILLWATER, Okla. – Someone put a quarter in the merry-go-round early Tuesday night, and at least from Oklahoma State’s perspective, the ride never stopped.
Facing arguably the toughest four-game stretch of the season, Oklahoma started with a Bedlam road game. It lasted nearly as long as the 18-inning marathon a year ago, but it wasn’t because extra innings had to be played.
After the Cowboys scored eight runs in the bottom of the first, it was pretty clear that not many more innings were needed.
Oklahoma State scored in all but one of the first six innings and cruised to a surprisingly easy 24-2 victory against Oklahoma, which allowed 20 runs for the first time since 2006.
“It’s a tough game. It’ a cruel game sometimes,” Oklahoma coach Pete Hughes said. “Things just spiraled out of control.”
Oklahoma (22-13, 6-4) squandered two lead-off hits in the first inning by not getting bunts down and then allowed nine of the first ten batters to reach base for Oklahoma State.
When the No. 9 Cowboys (23-9, 8-2 Big 12), who hit .500 as a team through the first 32 at-bats, weren’t reaching base on batted balls, they just walked there. Oklahoma issued nines walks and starting pitcher Jeffrey Curran didn’t make it out of the first inning.
“They came out hot and there was nothing we could do,” right fielder Taylor Alspaugh said. “They were hitting really good pitches. There was nothing we could do. We just have to regroup.”
Adam Choplick gave it a go after Curran was pulled with just two outs, and he never fared much better. Although he did last longer, Choplick went 2.1 innings but allowed eight runs. Blake Rogers went the next two innings but gave up six runs himself.
Hayden Jones’ lone inning produce four runs for Oklahoma State.
“It’s infectious – barrel contact,” Hughes said. “The more and more you have it, the more comfortable guys are in the box. I’ve seen it happen both ways. IT wasn’t for a lack of effort. You just have to take your hat off to those guys.”
The Sooners, who had won five straight coming into the mid-week Bedlam matchup, allowed double-digit runs for only the third time all season but more than doubled their previous high of 10. Oklahoma State, which leads the Big 12 Conference race and was coming off a sweep of Texas, won its sixth game in seven contests and set a season-high for team runs, team RBI and team hits.
The joy of Hughes’ first Big 12 Conference sweep lasted just two days.
“They hit barrel after barrel and props to them,” Oklahoma catcher Chris Shaw said. “They hit pitches they needed to win. They did the things all game long that they needed to do (Tuesday).”
Oklahoma stays on the road this weekend with a trip to Texas, which had lost seven straight games before playing Wichita State on Tuesday night.
The dance team and most of the fans headed for the exit by the end of the fifth inning satisfied. With an 18-run lead at that point, there was nothing more to see.