MuskogeePhoenix.com, Muskogee, OK

April 17, 2014

For Sooners and Cowboys, it was pure Bedlam


Phoenix staff, wire reports

— It was the longest game in Allie P. Reynolds Stadium history and also believed to be a record in series history. The contest lasted nearly six hours. It was the first Big 12 baseball game to go beyond 16 innings since the 2012 season, but was still seven innings shy of a conference-record 25-inning game played by Texas in a 2009 NCAA regional.

Bedlam was in full force in the wee hours of Wednesday morning as Oklahoma left Stillwater with a 12-9, 18-inning win in a battle that represents nothing more than a non-conference battle between conference foes.

But one that will go down as one of the most memorable.

Kolbey Carpenter’s two-out double scored Austin O’Brien in the 18th to snap a 9-all tie for the Sooners. Hector Lorenzana and Craig Aikin followed with RBI singles to add insurance runs.

The Sooners’ Sheldon Neuse threw the 18th to pick up the save.

“We needed something good to happen,” OU coach Pete Hughes said as his team ended a four-game losing streak. “Despite the way it came to us, it was worth it in the end. Those are the kinds of wins that you can use to leapfrog and build momentum with.”

OSU coach Josh Holliday was proud of his team’s battle mentality.

“That was a lot of fun — that was two very competitive teams that just left it all on the field,” he said.  “There were lots of moments for both teams. I’m really proud of our team. Even though we lost the score, I think we won in a lot of ways, just the spirit to compete and will to fight back.

“It goes down in the books as one of the longer ones, and credit to OU for finding a way to win. But I’m awfully proud of my team, and there’s a lot to build on from that.”

The three runs on four hits in the 18th were the first runs since Ryan Sluder's pinch-hit fielder's choice grounder tied the game in the ninth at 9-all.  OU (24-14)  hung four-spots in both the first two innings and led 8-3 as late as the fifth inning when the Cowboys struck for a run. OU would add a run in the sixth and OSU (26-11) answered with three in the eighth and two in the ninth.

A total of 16 pitchers were used, nine by OSU. Kindle Ladd (3-1) worked six innings, allowing just two hits to get the win. euse worked the 18th for the save, giving up a walk. For OSU, Tyler Nurdin worked the final 3 1/3, giving up five hits, three runs, all earned.

OU outhit OSU 18-15.

The game was the second non-Big 12 contest between the two.  The teams will play May 15 at Oklahoma City’s Bricktown Ballpark and following with May 16 and 17 contests at Tulsa’s ONEOK Field.

OU also avenged a 3-1 home loss to the Cowboys earlier this season.

OSU hosts Kansas in a three-game set starting Friday. OU plays hosts to West Virginia starting tonight, also for three games.