Bedlam Series: Three Reasons OU Won

Sooners Illustrated looks back at Bedlam baseball and explains why OU was able to take the series from the Oklahoma State Cowboys over the weekend.

After coming back from a 4-0 deficit Friday evening in Tulsa to top OSU 7-6 and falling 4-3 Saturday night at Bricktown Ballpark in Oklahoma City, the Sooners were able to take the series with a 6-0 rubber game shutout on Mother's Day at the Brick, so now SI provides some reasons OU was able to do just that.

Three biggest reasons OU won the series:

1. Better starting pitching—Although the Sooners were shutout by OSU starter Brad Propst until the eighth inning Saturday night, it was OU's starting pitching that was more impressive in the series, in large part due to a great Sunday performance by freshman Jack Mayfield. Mayfield tossed a complete game shutout, allowing only five hits and no walks to lower his ERA to 0.95. The Sooner starters collectively as a unit had a 3.50 ERA to the Cowboys' starters' 5.79 ERA over the weekend.

2. Consistency at the plate—Neither squad really tore it up at the plate this weekend, but it was the Sooners that were simply more consistent. They were 10-for-34 in each of their first two games and followed that up with an 8-for-31 performance in the third game for a .283 average throughout the series. OSU, on the other hand, struggled to a team .248 batting average in three games, hitting 11-for-39 in the first, 10-for-36 in the second and only 5-for-30 in the rubber game. The Sooners were just a little bit more consistent.

3. They simply have more talent--It's no secret that this is not one of the better OSU teams in recent years. The Sooners, on the other hand, are right where they have been in recent years, amongst the tops in the conference. And this is just because OU's lineup is better from top to bottom, with guys in the middle like Garrett Buechele and Cameron Seitzer to go around other reliable guys at the top and bottom of the order.

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