By John Shinn
The Norman Transcript
Oklahoma and Oklahoma State met the third time this season when the Bedlam Series began Thursday at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark.
OU coach Pete Hughes said on Wednesday the frequency of the meetings will decrease next season. He and OSU coach Josh Holiday have decided to end the non-conference games. Also, one game in the three-game Big 12 series will be played in either Norman or Stillwater the next two years.
“The way Josh and I have it set up next year and the year after is perfect. We’ll alternate visiting each other's campus just for one game out of three,” Hughes said. “I think that’s the best way to do it. I loved getting on the campus. I loved playing there (Stillwater). I know Josh expressed how much he loved coming here and playing in a campus environment. I think that’s the best way to do it.”
The Bedlam rivals resumed playing non-conference games against each other in 2010.
The Sooners and Cowboys played two non-conference games for the first time since 1996 earlier this year. OSU won the first game, 3-1, at OU’s L. Dale Mitchell Park on April 1. The Sooners claimed an 18-inning, 12-9 victory at Reynolds Stadium in Stillwater on April 15.
They’ll play three games over the next three days. The Bedlam Series moves to ONEOK Field in Tulsa for Friday’s and Saturday’s games.
OSU is atop of the Big 12 standings heading into the final three games of the regular season and OU is eighth. If the standings hold, the teams will meet again on Wednesday in the first round of the Big 12 tournament.
“No one wants to play anyone that many times,” Hughes said. “It’s not an Oklahoma State thing; it’s just too much.”