TULSA — Positive momentum was the only thing Oklahoma could possibly take away from the Bedlam series. It will find out later this week if Saturday’s 8-1 victory over Oklahoma State at ONEOK Field begets future success.
“We’ve been playing good enough to win,” said OU’s Kolbey Carpenter, who went 2 for 3 with two RBIs. “Luckily, things went our way tonight.”
The Sooners (28-27, 8-16 Big 12) banged out 11 hits, including three for extra bases. But pitching was the difference.
Kindle Ladd gave the Sooners another quality start. The senior right-hander held the Cowboys (41-13, 18-6) to one run on four hits over five innings. The performance backed up Ladd’s six innings of shutout relief in OU’s marathon 12-9 victory over the Cowboys on April 15 in Stillwater.
“I was able to throw strikes and had some great defense played behind me,” Ladd said. “I went out there and tried to stay focused as long as I could.”
Ladd improved to 4-3 with the victory. Jeffrey Curran pitched four innings of shutout relief to get the save. Curran’s effort was enormous. The Sooners have struggled holding leads over the last five weeks. The Cowboys offered up no threat over the final four innings. The left-hander only allowed one base runner.
Two-out hits and errors were a huge factor in OSU claiming the series’ first two games. On Saturday, OU got the two-out hits and the enormous error was made by the Cowboys.
The Sooners jumped on the Cowboys early. A two-run single by Anthony Hermelyn in the top of the first inning gave OU its initial lead of the series.
The game-changing error came in OU’s next at-bat. OSU second baseman Tim Arakawa booted a routine grounder from Hunter Haley that should’ve ended the inning. Carpenter, whose error at second base ultimately ended Friday’s 2-1 loss to the Cowboys, followed with a two-run single, pumping the lead up to 4-0.