Despite an in-progress Thunder game and the Sooners not in action, 9,310 people attended Saturday night's Women's College World Series night session, the largest single-session attendance in tournament history.
This was the most extreme case of a continuing trend, with the annual Oklahoma City event's popularity rapidly increasing.
Through five sessions, the total attendance is 43,407, which is 2,710 more than at the same point last year. And that tournament set the all-time record of 67,631 for the entire event.
Individual session records have been set in each of this year's five sessions.
LSU CROWD CHEERS MOUSE
Jessica Mouse was cheered by both LSU and South Florida fans as she stepped up to the plate for her first at-bat Saturday.
The senior South Florida third baseman played three seasons at LSU. She graduated and sat out last season with a fractured foot before transferring to South Florida.
The LSU fans gave Mouse a standing ovation before her first at-bat, when she bunted and reached first base on a throwing error.
Mouse finished the game against her former team 0 for 1 with a strikeout, which came in the top of the fifth inning with runners on second and third and two outs.
SACRIFICE FLY TO SHORTSTOP WINS EARLY GAME FOR LSU
LSU coach Beth Torina said she can't remember seeing another infield sacrifice fly in all her years in softball.
But it was such a play in the bottom of the sixth inning that won Saturday's early game against South Florida.
“It was a pretty amazing, gutsy play,” Torina said.
Second baseman Allison Falcon popped out to shortstop with freshman A.J. Andrews on third base and one out.
USF shortstop Kourtney Salvarola had to turn her back to make the catch, and Andrews took a chance, sprinting toward home plate.