Oklahoma outfielder Cody Thomas did it again Sunday in the Bedlam rubber match against Oklahoma State. Thomas hit a two-run triple in the top of the first inning that proved to be enough in the Sooners 3-1 victory against the 12th-ranked Cowboys.
Thomas was the hero in both of OU’s victories against OSU this weekend, totaling seven RBIs in the three games. The series win is the first one in Bedlam for the Sooners since 2010 as OU ends Big 12 conference play having won five of its last seven games.
And now Thomas has a Bedlam memory worth talking about. Before this weekend, the lingering image for Thomas in Bedlam was at quarterback for the Sooners in the 2014 season. OU was up 35-21 in the fourth quarter before ultimately losing 38-35 in overtime in one of the biggest disappointments in quite some time.
Thomas spent most of the 2015 season as the No. 3 quarterback before being bumped to No. 2 toward the end of the year. But knowing the job was secure with Baker Mayfield, he opted for a change of pace and headed to the diamond.
Coming out of high school, Thomas was a well-regarded baseball player. He was a terrific hitter his senior season and was drafted in the 30th round by the New York Yankees. Experts across the board agreed he would have been selected a lot sooner if he would have been open toward pitching.
He wasn’t, though, and he was fine with that. Thomas struggled out of the gate this season but has found his groove in the last month of play.
Thomas is hitting .455 since April 12, going 20 of 44. He stole the show Friday in OU’s 9-1 victory with a three-run home run and a two-run double.
Thomas is now hitting .304 for the season. Before the last month? Thomas was hitting a paltry .167. To go with the average climb, Thomas now has six home runs and 21 RBIs this season.
It hasn’t been a dream season for Thomas, Pete Hughes or the Sooners, but OU has shown it won’t lay down for anybody. OU is 26-24-1 (11-13 in Big 12) this season and will play non-conference opponents this next week before the Big 12 tournament starts May 25 (next Wednesday).
Freshman Dylan Grove earned his second win of the season, pitching 5 2/3 innings, allowing four hits and one run with three strikeouts. Sheldon Neuse worked a perfect bottom of the ninth to earn his fifth save of the season.