Oklahoma cuts down OSU to win Bedlam series

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Oklahoma got just what it needed from Bedlam: a Big 12 series win.

Brett Squires hit a two-run home run in the seventh inning Saturday at L. Dale Mitchell Park, and OU got an iron man relief appearance from Jason Ruffcorn to take a 5-3 victory over Oklahoma State in Norman.

Oklahoma — which had lost eight of its last nine against OSU, hadn’t beaten the Cowboys in a series since 2016, and had lost three of its first four Big 12 series this season — hit four home runs to win Friday’s opener in Stillwater 16-2.

“Being able to take the series from them,” Ruffcorn said, “that was obviously huge for us.”

Ruffcorn, previously the Sooners’ closer, has embraced his broader role of doing whatever coach Skip Johnson needs. Ruffcorn’s previous career-long outing was 3 2/3 innings, but he pitched the final 6 2/3 innings and struck out 10. That included striking out the side in the ninth inning. He also walked just one while scattering four hits.

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