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June 9, 2013

Tigers have little trouble eliminating Sooners from NCAA tournament

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BATON ROUGE, La. —

LSU didn’t need the extra aid.

JaCoby Jones went 4 for 4 and drove in two runs and Ty Ross went 2 for 4 with three RBIs to power the Tigers.

Designated hitter Colt Bickerstaff went 2 for 3. He was the only Sooner with more than one hit.

“When we scored early, we felt like we were gonna be able to keep scoring. We were getting men in scoring position,” OU coach Sunny Golloway said. “We were a hit away from getting into their bullpen. We just couldn’t get the hits when we needed them.”

The only reason OU got into LSU’s bullpen was a 50-minute weather delay between the fourth and fifth innings.

Will LaMarche (3-0) took over for starter Ryan Eades after the delay. LaMarche only threw 1 2-3 innings but he didn’t allow a run.

Overton tried to battle through after the break. It was an outing that was typical of Overton’s second half of the season. He didn’t give up a lot of hard hit balls, but he didn’t get the outs he had to get.

“They’re a very good hitting ballclub — one of the best I’ve faced all year,” Overton said. “They’re good at sticking in there and getting two-strike hits. Some days you struggle getting them out and that was the case tonight.”

OU’s bullpen was smacked around a like a pinata. Kyle Hayes, Jake Fisher, Jacob Evans, Kindle Ladd and Adam Choplick all gave up at least one run each over the final 3 1-3 innings.

In the grand scheme, what LSU did in the final innings was meaningless. It had already worn OU down much earlier.

“We had a chance; we just needed a key hit here or there, but that’s baseball,” Golloway said.

John Shinn

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