NORMAN — Oklahoma's baseball team got a day off Friday from the Big 12 Tournament, and used it to return a favor.
The Sooner baseball players watched their softball counterparts beat Arizona 6-0 in Game 1 of an NCAA Super Regional from the left-field stands, and made their presence known frequently.
They started the “Boomer Sooner” chant multiple times, requested curtain calls after home runs from Keilani Ricketts and Katie Norris and made game-long efforts to get in Arizona players' heads.
In the seventh inning, when Wildcats leadoff hitter Karissa Buchanan was at the plate, some of the baseball team chanted “Karissa,” and the others responded, “Can't hit.” She struck out swinging.
“We went out to watch their Big 12 game this week (the 1-0 win over Oklahoma State,” said freshman Lauren Chamberlain. “We tried to be as loud as we can there; they were trying to get the other team rattled and I think they did a little bit.”
Arizona coach Mike Candrea was dealt a difficult hand with some last-minute health issues.
Freshman shortstop Shelby Pendley, who entered the game hitting .339 for the season, vomited all morning but played anyway, going 0 for 2 with a walk.
Then, senior first baseman Jessica Spigner had a sudden back issue during warm-ups and was unable to play.
“I'm not one to make excuses, but when you get into this situation at this time of year, you have to put your best defense out there, your best offense out there and your best pitcher in the circle,” Candrea said. “Today we had to make some switches in our defense that I think did not help us, but when you don't score runs, it's hard to point the finger at anything.”
CHAMBERLAIN SET THE TONE EARLY
Chamberlain opened the Sooners' scoring Friday with a two-run double in the first inning. She added another RBI when she was walked with the bases loaded in the second.
“I was sitting outside on a curveball and (Arizona pitcher Shelby Babcock) actually threw a change-up,” Chamberlain said.
Babcock said: “My change-up sat a little high, and I think if I got it a little lower, she wouldn't have hit it.”