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April 2, 2013

Bedlam raises bar for Sooners on the diamond

NORMAN — Each regular season brings its share of “big” games. After 30 of them, Oklahoma knows the next four are elevated in importance. Coach Sunny Golloway hadn’t gotten into specifics prior to Monday’s practice. He just assumed they would figure it out on their own.

“I told them they have a game on Tuesday and then we’re on the road Friday, Saturday and Sunday,” he said. “I think based on the media and social networking, they know who we’re playing.”

The Sooners (25-5) face Oklahoma State (21-6) at 6:30 p.m. today at L. Dale Mitchell Park. This one-game edition of Bedlam won’t count in the Big 12 Conference standings. The three-game series that begins in Tulsa May 10 and continues in Oklahoma City May 11-12 holds that designation.

However, this one game will kick-start, a four-game stretch that ends with a three-game series at Texas, which begins Friday.

The Sooners have shown they can handle the swings of a season thus far. Tonight, they’ll have to demonstrate what they can do when the emotions that pour out in Bedlam games and the Red River Rivalry are added.

For some, it’s old hat. OU right fielder Max White is going to square off against the Cowboys for the 14th time in his career, dating back to 2010.

White, along with shortstop Jack Mayfield, designated hitter Matt Oberste and third baseman Garrett Carey, have been in these games many times before.

The rest of OU’s lineup and starting pitcher Ralph Garza Jr. have not.

“I’m very interested to see how they handle it. I can’t wait to be honest,” White said. “I remember my first Bedlam experience and I had the nerves going early. I think this club has shown we can handle it.”

They have. Saturday’s loss to Kansas ended the Sooners’ 13-game winning streak, but it was their second double-digit winning streak of the season.

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