Hursh Dominates In Bedlam Series Victory

Jason Hursh

Cowboys pitcher Jason Hursh was dominant Friday night at ONEOK Field in downtown Tulsa as Oklahoma State defeated Oklahoma 4-3 in the first game of the three-game Bedlam series. The hard-throwing right-hander struck out nine while only allowing seven hits as the the 19th-ranked Cowboys rallied from a two-run deficit for the victory over the 15th-ranked Sooners.

Hursh, a 6-1, 197-pound sophomore, went the distance for his third complete game of the season, and improved his record to 5-4 with the win in front of a standing-room-only crowd of 9,194 at ONEOK Field (capacity 7,833).

The Sooners, who began the night tied for first place in the Big 12, managed to get all of their runs off Hursh in the fourth inning. The OSU starter allowed a one-out double to Max White and then walked Hunter Haley – his only free pass of the game – before making his only mistake of the game to OU's Hector Lorenzana with two outs. The right-handed hitting Sooner drove the ball over the right field fence for a three-run homer to put OU up 3-1.

OSU came back to tie the game in the top of the fifth on first baseman Tanner Krietemeier's two-out single to center, scoring Trey Whaley and Gage Green. Whaley had started the inning with a walk and Green doubled down the right-field line. But it appeared OU starter Jake Fisher was going to get out of the inning without allowing a run when OSU's Saulyer Saxon popped up and Donnie Walton struck out.

Krietemeier delivered the single to center to tie the game.

That's how it stayed until the Cowboys came to the plate in the top of the eighth. Robbie Rea drove a two-strike pitch into right field for a single to get the rally started, and moved to second base on Aaron Cornell's sacrifice bunt.

Green, the Cowboys nine-hole hitter who entered the game with a .276 batting average and only 16 RBIs in 42 games but had three of OSU's nine hits, delivered the game-winning hit. His two-strike single to left center easily scored Rea with what would be the winning run.

Hursh handled the rest for the Cowboys. The sophomore from Carrollton, Texas only needed eight pitches to set the Sooners down in order in the bottom of the eighth, and struck out the first two hitters he faced in the ninth before OSU shortstop Randy McCurry's error allowed the tying run to reach base with two outs. But Hursh closed it out by getting an easy grounder to McCurry to end the game.

The Cowboys improve to 35-12 overall and 10-8 in the Big 12, while the Sooners are now 34-15 and 11-8. OSU head coach Josh Holliday's squad began the night tied for sixth place in the Big 12 race, but moved up to fourth and now trail only Kansas State (12-7), West Virginia (11-7) and Oklahoma (11-8) in the standings.

The series continues Saturday and Sunday at the Bricktown Ballpark in Oklahoma City. Game times are 2 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. Sunday.

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