Pitcher Bryce Osmond marched to the dugout, threw his glove against the wall and continued walking all the way to the tunnel.
He would come back out a few minutes later, but his reaction is just the kind of day Oklahoma State had Friday, losing 16-2 against Oklahoma at O’Brate Stadium in its home Bedlam matchup.
It started in the top of the third and quickly spiraled from there.
Osmond recorded two quick outs, but then surrendered back-to-back singles and a walk, followed by four-straight base hits. OU plated five runs, all with two outs. It was a tough day for Osmond, but coach Josh Holliday’s message to him is simple.
“I challenge him to be better.,” Holliday said. “Challenge him to be the pitcher he knows he can be and challenge him to keep working hard and have the resolve to do something about it.”
It got worse the next two innings. The Sooners scored nine more runs, seven of coming with two outs. Osmond gave up both runs in the fourth on back-to-back home runs. Pitcher Wyatt Cheney entered in relief, pitching 0.3 innings and giving up a solo shot. Pitcher Roman Phansalkar gave up the rest.
“They were better in all phases of the game and they got us,” Holliday said. “They ran away with it early in the game and it was a tough one. Gotta come back ready for tomorrow.”
The low point of Friday was when left fielder Carson McCusker let a ball get past him and a play later third baseman Christian Encarnacion-Strand threw a ball over the head of catcher Max Hewitt during a rundown. Both errors allowed a run to score.
“We gotta compete better,” Holliday said. “We didn’t compete as well as required. That’s all there is to it.”
It wasn’t much better at the plate. The Cowboys didn’t record their first hit until the 6th, when McCusker singled to right field. It was one of three hits the entire night. The first OSU run scored in the 6th on a throwing error. The other run scored on a Hewitt single to right.
The offense struggled, but Holliday isn’t too worried about that given the circumstances of the game. Also, the team drew 11 walks, four coming from Caeden Trenkle. That might have been the only bright spot of the game.
“We had a lot of runners, we drew a lot of walks,” Holliday said. “ We didn’t have a lot of hits. Games played with a wide margin you can often expect less concentration so it’s a hard thing to evaluate tonight.”
OSU has been slumping in conference play as of late, losing six of its last seven. Pitching depth is an issue going forward with the continued absences of pitchers Parker Scott and Justin Wrobleski.
Luckily for the Cowboys, this isn’t the last Bedlam game of the season. The next one is tomorrow in Norman at 3 p.m. and Sunday at 4 p.m.
“There’s not much of this worth thinking about or taking to bed with you,” Holliday said. “Nothing about it does you any good. I told them that.”