OKLAHOMA CITY — Oklahoma’s late-season swoon continued Saturday afternoon. The Sooners dropped the middle game and the Bedlam series with a 4-3 loss to Oklahoma State at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark.
The loss, which was the Sooners’ fifth in the last six games, technically sank it to a tie for fourth in the Big 12 Conference with just four league games left. It is the first time this season OU (34-16, 11-9 Big 12) has been more than a half-game out of first place. OSU (36-12, 11-8) jumped up to third place.
The Sooners continued to play like a middle-of-the-pack team Saturday.
The boost the Sooners hoped to get with Jonathan Gray on the mound backfired. Instead, their ace had one of his toughest outings of the season. The right-hander gave up three runs on three hits and threw 109 pitches over five laborious innings.
The loss, which dropped Gray to 8-2 on the season, was his first since March 2.
The Sooners went 1 for 7 with runners in scoring position. Hector Lorenzana drove in Jack Mayfield and Craig Aikin with a two-out RBI single in the bottom of the sixth inning.
The last run came on Garrett Carey’s sacrifice fly in the eighth inning.
It could have been the tying run, but OSU’s Gage Green’s indelible mark on this year’s Bedlam series grew when he stole home in the top of the eighth inning. At the time, it was an insurance run. It turned into the game winner.
Tyler Nurdin (3-2) picked up the victory. He held OU to two runs on three hits over 5 2-3 innings.
The teams return to Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark at 1 p.m. Sunday for the series finale.