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Bedlam baseball: Bryce Carter's home run lifts Cowboys to Bedlam win

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Oklahoma State's Bryce Carter, right, celebrates with Cade Cabbiness, center, and Hueston Morrill after hitting a three-run homer in the eighth inning of Sunday afternoon's Bedlam baseball game at Mitchell Park in Norman. [Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman]
Oklahoma State's Bryce Carter, right, celebrates with Cade Cabbiness, center, and Hueston Morrill after hitting a three-run homer in the eighth inning of Sunday afternoon's Bedlam baseball game at Mitchell Park in Norman. [Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman]

NORMAN — Bryce Carter’s day started on the bench for Oklahoma State.

It ended with him becoming a Bedlam hero.

Carter’s three-run, eighth-inning home run helped lift the Cowboys to a 10-7 baseball win over Oklahoma on Sunday at L. Dale Mitchell Park.

Carter spent the first 3 1/2 innings watching from the dugout before he was forced into the game.

In the third, Colin Simpson was hit by a Levi Prater pitch as he swung. He remained in the game at catcher for the bottom half of the inning before the pain became too much, and coach Josh Holliday approached Carter in the dugout.

“Hey Bryce, go hit,” Holliday told the graduate transfer from Stanford.

Carter’s first two at-bats were uneventful.

But in the eighth, he came to the plate with the game tied, two outs and two on.

The lefty turned on Ledgend Smith’s 1-0 pitch, depositing it over the right field wall to put the Cowboys ahead for good.

“The great thing about our lineup is we have so many guys that can do that,” said Carter, a Tulsa native. “(We're) never out of the game no matter what the situation. It was finally nice to get my name up there in the home run column.”

Carter is in his first and only season with the Cowboys, but grew up not only immersed in Bedlam but in OU-Texas as well.

His father, David, went to Texas. His older brother, Kyle, went to OU. His younger brother, Jacob, still attends OU.

“We have a complete house divided right now,” Carter said.

There was no division Sunday, though.

Jacob was cheering for his big brother, though in neutral colors for a rare Big 12 Bedlam in Norman.

“He couldn’t quite wear the orange,” Carter said.

Carter’s blast was the eighth of nine Cowboys home runs in the three-game series, which Oklahoma State won 2-1.

Eleven of the Cowboys’ 17 runs in the series came courtesy of the long ball.

“Sometimes you don’t want to be quite so reliant upon them,” Holliday said. “But when you have them in your back pocket, when they break out they can be difference makers.”

Six of the Cowboys’ runs Sunday came with two outs.

“Baseball has a fun way with the traditions remaining the same — two-out RBI hits are big hits,” Holliday said. “The kids delivered today when they had to; that’s really positive. But yeah, it was a grind.”

Oklahoma State battled back from a 4-1 deficit early and then trailed by one entering the eighth before pushing across the tying run just before Carter’s home run.

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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