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Bedlam in O'Brate: Cowboys prepared for in-state rivalry

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Bryce Osmond

Starting Pitcher Bryce Osmond throwing on the mound against Illinois State on Feb. 28, 2021.

It’s the first Bedlam baseball game in over a year.

The Oklahoma State Cowboys (15-6-1, 4-2-0) are hosting the Oklahoma Sooners (13-10, 1-2) in O’Brate Stadium on Tuesday night.

“I think it will be fun,” OSU coach Josh Holliday said. “The crowds have been great so far here. (It will be) a new setting for what should be great baseball. These are midweek games that elevate the adrenaline and emotion that sometimes a midweek game coming off of a challenging weekend (doesn’t have).”

The Cowboys will start freshman pitcher Bryce Osmond, who is from Jenks. Osmond has a great understanding of the rivalry as his father and grandfather attended OSU.

“This is my first Bedlam and it’s a huge honor to get the start against OU. I’m going to try and go to bed at about 10 tonight so I can get some sleep but I’m really excited and ready to go,” Osmond said.

Osmond will be facing players he grew up playing with and against, but said having familiarity with players he is attempting to get out will not change his approach.

“It will be interesting to see how they’ve progressed since high school and then there’s some kids on the team I’ve played with since I was like 7 or even younger,” Osmond said.

Holliday said the Bedlam rivalry has changed over the years but is still a hard-fought series between two teams familiar with one another but focused on winning.

“It will be cool to reconnect with those guys who I haven’t seen in a while but that will definitely be a post-game connection. I don’t think I will have any kind words for them before the game or during,” Osmond said.