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Justin Mitchell's game-winner breaks Oklahoma State's Bedlam streak for Sooners

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Justin Mitchell looked back and his heart sank momentarily.

Oklahoma’s catcher had just delivered a two-out single to left that seemed destined to win the game.

But Mitchell peeked back and saw Tredaway slip a bit rounding third.

Tredaway recovered quickly and the throw from left-field bounced off Oklahoma State catcher Bryce Carter’s shinguard and bounded high in the air as Tredaway slid home safely to give the Sooners a wild 3-2 Bedlam win Saturday night at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark.

“You grow up wanting to be in that moment,” Mitchell said. “Whenever you’re in it you just try to take everything in and do the best you can to help your team win.”

Oklahoma State reliever Ben Leeper looked to be fighting his way out of the jam in the 10th after the first two batters reached on an error and a hit-by-pitch. Leeper struck out Tyler Hardman and Brylie Ware before Mitchell laced Leeper’s first-pitch slider into left to end the game.

“That moment was huge for our confidence,” Mitchell said. “We’ve seen our confidence go up and down all year.”

The Sooners (31-19, 9-11 Big 12) snapped a four-game losing streak.

Johnson constantly preaches to his team to focus more on the process than the results.

Individual results, he says, can sometimes go awry even when they are executed the way they should be.

He got a lesson on that in the eighth when he brought in lefty Levi Prater—his normal Sunday starter—to pitch to Oklahoma State lefty designated hitter Colin Simpson despite Jaret Godman cruising through his fifth inning.

The Sooners were just four outs from getting the win when Simpson crushed Prater’s 1-1 pitch over the right field wall to tie the game 2-2.

“The numbers are telling you to do that in this game,” Johnson said. “Credit to Colin sitting on a breaking ball and running it out of here.

“You’ve got to tip your hat. He hit the pitch we’ve been getting him out on.”

Simpson gave it another ride in the top of the 10th, blasting a two-out fly to right center.

Sooners reliever Ledgend Smith missed his location but Simpson hit it to one of the deepest parts of the part and Milan Walla caught it on the warning track to keep the game tied and set up Mitchell’s heroics.

Godman called the game a “must win” and credited a pregame talk from captain Blake Brewster to setting the tone.

“He just brought us all together as a team and he just really sank it into us how much this game meant,” Godman said. “I was just playing for my guys out there.”

It was the Sooners’ first win over Oklahoma State since 2016.

Oklahoma State’s four-game winning streak was snapped. It was the fifth time this season the Cowboys (29-17, 11-9) have had a four-game winning streak before losing the fifth. 



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Oklahoma players dog pile Justin Mitchell after he drove in Tanner Tredaway for the winning run in the 10th inning of Bedlam on Saturday at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark. OU beat Oklahoma State 3-2 [Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman]

Oklahoma players dog pile Justin Mitchell after he drove in Tanner Tredaway for the winning run in the 10th inning of Bedlam on Saturday at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark. OU beat Oklahoma State 3-2 [Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman]

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Ryan Aber

Ryan Aber has worked for The Oklahoman since 2006, covering high schools, the Oklahoma City RedHawks, the Oklahoma City Barons and OU football recruiting. An Oklahoma City native, Aber graduated from Northeastern State. Before joining The... Read more ›

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