The Norman Transcript

June 8, 2013

Crowd didn’t curtail OU

By John Shinn
The Norman Transcript

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.”

Three members of OU’s current recruiting class were also selected Friday. Infielder Drew Ward from Leedey was taken in the third round, 105th overall, by the Washington Nationals. Chris Kohler (Los Osos, Calif. High School) was taken by the A’s with the next selection. Jenks infielder Trey Michalczewski was drafted in the seventh round, 213th overall, by the Chicago White Sox.

Tossing and turning: OU coach Sunny Golloway admitted he would like a do-over on the fifth inning. After Matt Oberste led off with a double and moved to third on Hector Lorenzana’s sacrifice bunt, Golloway allowed Anthony Hermelyn to swing away. Hermelyn struck out.

“I’ll probably lay in bed tonight wishing I had squeeze bunted, but that’s just the baseball coach in me,” Golloway said.

It was the only scoring chance OU had in the game.

Moving up: OU center fielder Max White passed current OU assistant coach Rich Hills (1992-95) for second all-time in games played at OU. Friday was White’s 238th game. He’ll tie Keith Drumright (1973-76) for the top spot when OU and LSU meet for Game 2 of the Super Regional series at 6 p.m. tonight.

Second round duel: Overton (9-2, 2.91 ERA) will take the mound for the Sooners tonight. He’ll face LSU’s Ryan Eades (8-1, 2.81 ERA) tonight. Eades was selected by the Minnesota Twins with the 43rd overall pick Thursday.

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