Neither factored into the decision.
OSU starting pitcher Tyler Buffett held OU scoreless over seven innings and only gave up four hits. The Sooners’ only run was manufactured in the bottom of the eighth.
Hits by Kolbey Carpenter and Craig Aikin, a sacrifice bunt by Hector Lorenzana and a sacrifice fly by Colt Bickerstaff was enough to tie the game.
But in the ninth inning, reliever Robert Tasin committed one of baseball’s cardinal sins. He hit McConaughy to start the inning.
“You can’t let the leadoff guy get on in any inning, let alone the bottom of the ninth in a tie game,” Hughes said. “That was the story of that inning.”
Tasin (4-5) took the loss. He didn’t give up a hit over 1 1/3 innings. But the lone base runner was enough.
Jeffrey Curran gave up the bouncer up the middle by Saxon that emptied the OSU dugout and into a dogpile up the first-base line from home plate.
Vince Wheeland (8-0) entered for Buffett in the eighth inning. He gave up the tying run in the eighth, but retired OU in order in the ninth to get the win.
The teams will meet for the final time in the regular season at 7 p.m. today. Friday’s outcome guaranteed they’ll meet again on Wednesday in the Big 12 tournament.
Hughes was thinking about the tournament before the Bedlam series began. OU has to win it to get into the NCAA tournament. A win today would give his team a tiny bit of momentum even though Friday’s loss gave the Cowboys the series.
“We need to get back to our winning ways and feeling good going into that tournament,” he said. “I think our bullpen is rested enough that we can have a solid outing tomorrow.”
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