There will be a distinct collegiate feel to the Bedlam series this season.
In the recent past, all Bedlam baseball games have been held at Oneok Field in Tulsa and Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark, home venues of professional teams. This year, the series is set up differently.
The conference series between Oklahoma State and Oklahoma will be split. The first game, on Friday night, will be at O’Brate Stadium in Stillwater while the following two games will be at Mitchell Park in Norman. Finally, on May 11 there will be a neutral site game at Oneok Field.
Oklahoma State (24-12-1) comes into the series with some of its top pitchers injured, but high off of a series-salvaging win against No. 3 Texas. Oklahoma (20-19) enters the set on a lower note, having dropped two of three games against Georgia Southern.
“Different, yeah that’s a good way to put it cause we’ve not played it in this format. I personally was in favor of the Bedlam series being in our park or their park depending on who the home team in that particular year (was),” OSU coach Josh Holliday said.
It will be a new experience for OSU infielder Jake Thompson, a transfer from Kentucky, who is getting his first taste of Bedlam, because he didn’t play in the first meeting earlier this season.
“I’m not sure, this will be my first time going up against them so I’m excited for it… I know how amped everyone gets for it and I’m definitely with that and hopefully we can take it to them,” Thompson said.
Holliday expects the series in this new format to be grand with many fans in attendance, both this season and in the future.
“I think it will draw fantastic here whenever that returns to the norm and I’m sure they’ll turn out in Norman too,” Holliday said.
The Cowboys hosted the Sooners for a non-conference game in late March, and now they are preparing to step it up another level with the first leg of a conference series.
“I like the collegiate feel, we built our stadium to host marquee events and the Bedlam series is a marquee event,” Holliday said.