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June 8, 2013

Crowd didn’t curtail OU

BATON ROUGE, La. — Oklahoma’s used to playing in front of record crowds. But when it’s a record crowd at LSU’s Box Stadium, it’s a lot easier to notice.

The 11,095 made the Tigers’ ballpark a deafening place whenever anything went LSU’s way.

“Out on the field it was very loud. It was hard to hear each other,” OU pitcher Jonathan Gray said. “We knew it was going to be like that so we worked on it in practice. We definitely started communicating at looking at each other more.”

The crowd, however, didn’t bother OU. Getting a hit off LSU pitcher Aaron Nola was the Sooners’ problem.

“I loved the atmosphere. It’s simple: we lost the ballgame to an outstanding program, an outstanding pitcher and a heckuva coach (Paul Maineri) and a lot of fans that support the program,” OU coach Sunny Golloway said. “We’re building a program at Oklahoma that will, hopefully, someday rival what you see at South Carolina and what we’ve seen here at LSU.

“It’s not throwing in the towel because this is far from over. If you want to put it as bulletin board material, go ahead. I don’t think those fans care. They’re gonna show up and yell at us anyway.”

Draft update: Gray was the No. 3 overall pick in the first round of the Major League Baseball draft and left-hander Dillon Overton went to the Oakland A’s with the 63rd overall pick in the second round Thursday.

Friday, Matt Oberste was selected by the New York Mets with the 206th pick in the 10th round.

“It feels great,” Oberste said. “I’ve never been drafted before. I was excited because my mom texted me — that's how I found out — as we were getting on the bus to come to the stadium.”

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