Tahlequah Daily Press

April 16, 2014

Sooners beat Cowboys in 18-inning marathon


— STILLWATER — The longest game at Allie P. Reynolds Stadium lasted 18 innings between the Bedlam rivals. The Oklahoma Sooners converted three runs in the top of the 18th to come away with a 12-9 victory.

There were eight straight scoreless innings after the Cowboys tied the game at 9-9 in the bottom of the ninth. Oklahoma’s Sheldon Neuse hit in Austin O’Brien in the top of the 18th inning to take a 10-9 lead. Hector Lorenzana brought home another run in the 18th to take an 11-9 lead over the Cowboys. Craig Aikin sent the ball to left field to score Lorenzana and grab a 12-9 advantage over the Cowboys.

The Bedlam game at Allie P. Reynolds field was the longest game at the stadium. The game was also Bedlam’s most played innings game.

Oklahoma (24-14) had 18 hits in the marathon game as the Cowboys earned 15.

The Cowboys (26-11) dropped to 1-1 in games decided in extra innings with the loss.

Between the two teams there were 16 pitchers that took the mound. Oklahoma’s Kindle Ladd picked up the win as Oklahoma State’s Tyler Nurdin took the loss.

There were 5 home runs in the Bedlam matchup.

The first non-conference meeting between the Cowboys and the Sooners in Norman went OSU’s way with a 3-1 victory. The two will meet at the end of the regular season for a three-game series in Big 12 Conference play.

It did not take long for the Bedlam rivals to connect at the plate. Oklahoma had the bases loaded in the first inning and Austin O’Brien hit a monster grand slam to left field to go up 4-0.

The bottom of the first saw the Cowboys cut the Sooners’ lead down to 4-3. OSU’s Tanner Krietemeier hit a deep two-run homer left field, which sent Donnie Walton to the plate for two runs. The next batter, Gage Green, did not mess around and also sailed one over the fence to pull the score to 4-3 after a hitter’s first inning.

Oklahoma bounced back with another four-run inning in the second to take an 8-3 lead midway through the second. OU earned two hits, an error and scored on a fielder’s choice.

The game turned quickly and went through three scoreless innings. Zach Fish broke the streak in the sixth when he tattooed the baseball to left field for a solo home run to pull the score to 8-4.

Bedlam saw its fifth home run of the contest in the seventh when Sooner Kolbey Carpenter sailed one over the left field fence for a 9-4 Oklahoma lead.

In the bottom of the eighth inning the Cowboys had the bases loaded when Dustin Williams came up to the plate. Williams hit the ball to Hector Lorenzana at shortstop who could not handle the ball and it allowed Green and Fish to score to give Oklahoma State a second hope with the score 9-6 in Oklahoma’s favor. Ryan Sluder was at third base when Drew Krittenbrink threw a wild pitch to score. Oklahoma led 9-7 headed into the final inning.

The Cowboys were able to do what they have done all season – gets hits when they needed them. Krietemeier hits one off the wall for a double to in the bottom of the ninth. Green moved him over to third with a hit. Fish got a hit to the shortstop and dove into first base for a hit and an RBI. The Cowboys needed another run with the score 9-8. A passed ball moved runners to second and third with Sluder at the plate. Sluder hit into a fielder’s choice but allowed Green to score to tie the game at 9-9 after nine innings.

The Cowboys will look toward their three-game series with Kansas beginning at 7 p.m. Friday at Allie P. Reynolds Stadium.