Bedlam journal: OU's Cade Cavalli works three scoreless in return, OSU looking like regional host
Oklahoma sophomore starter Cade Cavalli had an encouraging return to the mound after missing his last two starts.
Cavalli threw three scoreless innings, but a 24-pitch second inning prevented him from going even deeper into the game in Saturday's 3-2 win in 10 innings against Oklahoma State in Game 2 of the Bedlam series at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark.
Sooners coach Skip Johnson had said before the game that Cavalli would be limited to around 60 pitches as he worked back from a “stress reaction” in his forearm.
Although Cavalli worked out of a bit of a jam — two on, one out — in the second after back-to-back walks, his pitch count started to soar in the inning thanks to not only the walks but the two strikeouts that followed.
Cavalli finished with five strikeouts and three walks over his three scoreless innings before giving way to Jaret Godman.
Going into Saturday’s game, Oklahoma State continued to solidify its case to host an NCAA Regional.
The Cowboys had won four consecutive games coming into the contest, including last weekend’s sweep of then-No. 2 Oregon State.
While Oklahoma State’s postseason question is whether or not it will host, the Sooners are trying to fight their way into the tournament.
After last week’s three-game sweep at the hands of Texas Tech, the Sooners dropped out of the field according to D1Baseball.com’s projections, with Oklahoma one of the last five out.
Those projections had the Cowboys as the No. 10 seed in the field.
The series concludes Sunday with a 2 p.m. game at L. Dale Mitchell Park in Norman.
It will be the first conference Bedlam game played in the stadium since April 25, 1992, when a then-stadium record 3,123 watched Oklahoma State blow out the Sooners 18-9 in the middle game of a Big Eight series.
The teams have played several non-conference games in Norman over the years.
Last year’s scheduling issue, which prevented Bricktown Ballpark from hosting a Bedlam game and forced one game of the series to Stillwater, led to one of the games from this season’s series being played in Norman.
Right-hander Brett Standlee (2-1, 4.00 ERA) is slated to start for Oklahoma State while left-hander Levi Prater (6-4, 2.45) is expected to start for the Sooners.