Gruesel pitches Sooners to series win over OSU

Evan Gruesel (pictured left) struck out 11 as Oklahoma won the Bedlam series with an 8-6 win over Oklahoma State in game three Saturday night in Oklahoma City (AP Photo/Chris Landsberger)

Evan Gruesel wasn't Sooner born, but he sure is Sooner bred.

The Diamond Bar, Calif. native obviously loves to pitch for the Sooners in the Beldam series.

Gruesel struck out a career-high 11 batters and earned his fourth career win against Oklahoma State as the Sooners took game three of the Bedlam series with an 8-6 win over the Cowboys Saturday night in front of 13,066 fans at the Bricktown Ballpark in Oklahoma City.

Gruesel, who relieved OU starter Buddy Blair to start the third inning, went 6.2 innings while giving up only three runs as the Sooners came from behind for the second night in a row.

Trailing 8-6 going into the top of the ninth, Oklahoma State rallied to get runners on first and second with one out. Friday nights winning pitcher, Curtis White, relieved Gruesel, who left to a well-deserved standing ovation, and recorded the final two outs of the game to earn the save and help the Sooners improve to 33-23 overall.

With the win the Sooners move into sole possession of fourth place in the Big 12 with their 15-12 conference mark. OSU fell to 13-13 in Big 12 play and finish the regular season at 37-19.

The Cowboys jumped out to an early lead in the first two innings scoring three runs off of Blair, who earned the loss in Thursday nights 11-7 14-inning thriller in Tulsa.

The Sooners cut the lead to 3-2 in the when Charlie Frasier ripped a two-run single scoring.

The Cowboys quickly got the two runs back in the top of the third when rightfielder Daylon Monnete greeted Gruesel with a two-run home run to centerfield to extend the Cowboys lead back to 5-2.
Chris Jakubakaus cut the lead back to two with a solo home run in the fourth.
Oklahoma then used a four-run fifth inning to overcome a 5-3 deficit and take the lead for good. Denver Kitch delivered the big hit in the inning, a two-run single that scored Matt Bose and Spencer Wyman that gave OU a 7-5 lead.

Spencer Wyman gave Oklahoma another insurance run in the sixt with a bases loaded ground out to first that scored shortstop Eddie Cornejo to extend the Sooners' lead to 8-5.

Cornejo also extended his hitting streak to 12-games with a single in the fifth inning.

The Sooners will not head to Arlington, Texas for next week's Big 12 Conference Tournaments. The conference's final standings and pairings for the tournament will be decided after regular season play is completed on Sunday.

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