Facing arguably one of the best pitchers in the country on Saturday night, Oklahoma once again got off to a hot start in the Bedlam Series. After sophomore Alec Hansen struck out two O-State batters in the top of the first the Sooners took to the plate and worked in a run to take their second first inning lead over the Cowboys in as many night.
OSU starter Michael Freeman issued walks to Craig Aikin and Josh Ake to start the bottom of the first. A fielder's choice by Kolbey Carpenter saw Ake get cut down at second but allowed Aikin to come home and put the Sooners up by a run heading into the second frame. Freeman came into the game with a 1.17 ERA and a 7-2 record and from the second inning on he certainly lived up to that billing.
Just as was the case on Friday night the Cowboys had a response in the top of the second. After Hansen fanned Costello to start the inning, Tim Arakawa and Ryan Sluder hit back-to-back singles. A triple by Bryan Case brought both runners home and then Case scored as well when Jacob Chappell reached on a throwing error from Hansen. As momentum was shifting, Oklahoma went down in order in the bottom of the second.
Hansen returned the favor in the top of the third by setting the Cowboys down 1-2-3 and opportunity was there for the Sooners are the top of the order would start with their second batter of the inning but instead of an early rally they were retired in order once again.
Trouble struck Oklahoma again in the fourth when a two-out double from Bryan Case was followed by consecutive walks offered to Jacob Chappell and Gage Green. Case and Chappell would come on a single from Corey Hassel, that made its way through the left side of the infield, and the OSU lead was pushed to 5-1. The Sooners would load the bases in the bottom half of the inning but a double-play ball hit by Taylor Alspaugh would keep any runs from coming in.
Once again, taking advantage of a two-out base hit, the Cowboys expanded their lead to 6-1 in the top of the sixth. Chappell doubled to right-center field and then came home off a Gage Green single that went through the right side of Oklahoma's defense.
Not willing to relent, the Cowboys kept their offense going well into the evening. Sluder scored on a hit-and-run double from Case and then Case scored off a sacrifice from Green to make it 8-1 in the top of the eighth.
Oklahoma has dropped its first conference series since losing two games at Baylor on March 27-28. The current five-game losing streak for the Sooners is the longest of the season.