OKLAHhOMA CITY — Everything that goes up must come down. Oklahoma is in the middle of a free fall after Saturday’s 4-3 loss to Oklahoma State in the middle game of the Bedlam Series at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark.
The loss, which was the Sooners’ fifth in the last six games and guaranteed their second straight series loss, technically sank them into 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.
“To me it’s simple: if we want to go on and play in the postseason we’re gonna have to play a lot better than we are right now,” OU coach Sunny Golloway said. “We’re not playing good enough to get to a super regional. We’re not playing good enough to get to Omaha. If we want to do those things, we have to play better.”
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.
“It seemed like everything that could have gone bad went bad for me,” Gray said. “I take full credit for that loss. I didn’t give us a strong start.”
Of all the uncharacteristic things that have happened to the Sooners in the last six games. Gray struggling was the one that came out of left field. The loss, which dropped Gray to 8-2 on the season, was his first since March 2.
Gray struck out eight, but OSU made him scrap and fight for every one of them, fouling off pitch after pitch and coming through with a couple of timely hits.