Matt Oberste went 4-for-4 with two RBI and Jonathan Gray struck out seven across seven innings as No. 26 Oklahoma posted an 8-4 win on Saturday night over No. 25 Oklahoma State in front of 7,408 fans at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark.
OSU won game one of the Oklahoma Farm Bureau Bedlam Series on Friday night in Tulsa, 3-0, but went seven scoreless innings tonight behind a one-inning start by Kyle Ottoson.
"Both games have been about pitching," said OU Head Coach Sunny Golloway. "Jonathan Gray was outstanding."
Ottoson (4-6) beat the Sooners in the non-conference matchup last week in Stillwater with 8 1/3 innings but couldn't get out of the second inning as Oberste crushed a solo shot out of the park to lead off the frame.
OU led 8-0 after plating three runs in the top of the seventh but Gray (5-4) was unable to get out of the seventh inning. He tied his career high with seven innings pitched and struck out seven Cowboys while giving up two runs off four hits and three walks.
"It really helps when the offense bangs the ball around the yard," said Gray. "I fed off that."
The win jumped OU's overall record to 30-18 and back above .500 in Big 12 play at 10-9. OSU dropped to 27-13 and 12-8 and plated four late runs. Jake Fisher recorded his first save for OU with two shutout innings.
Gray received run support early and often from the Sooner offense and retired the first nine batters he faced.
Oberste's homer, the second of the season, followed a three-run first inning by the Sooners.
Caleb Bushyhead plated the game's initial run with a bases-loaded sacrifice fly to left field in the first inning. Cody Reine followed with a bases-clearing triple to the gap in right center field. The extra-base hit gave OU a 3-0 lead off Reine's fourth triple of the year.
Oberste struck again with a RBI single in the fourth inning that plated Reine, who was hit earlier in the frame by reliever Chase Stevens.
"Obie (Oberste) is a guy that has been in and out of our lineup," said Golloway. "We talked about staying after it and it's paying off big time for him."
The Cowboys got their first hit off Gray in the fourth inning, a single by Hunter Bailey to begin the frame. But Gray recorded three straight outs as the runner never advanced past second base.
OU blew the game open in the top of the seventh and chased Stevens after three runs scored off a sacrifice squeeze by Erik Ross, a RBI single by Hunter Lockwood and a RBI double by Max White.
The double by White extended his hitting streak to a career-high 11 games. He has driven in 19 runs in that span off 21 base knocks.
"I was proud of our effort, coming back," added Golloway. "I thought we did a great job with our backs to the wall. Tomorrow will be fun because it will be all about the series."
The Bedlam Series concludes on Sunday (4 p.m.) at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark in downtown Oklahoma City and will be broadcast on the Sooner Sports Network KREF 1400 AM.
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