WCWS notebook: OU's lineup praised by South Florida coach Ken Eriksen
Â Apparently, South Florida coach Ken Eriksen is a fan of comparing OU to the New York Yankees.
One day after equatingÂ Keilani Ricketts'Â pitching and hitting skills toÂ Babe Ruth, the South Florida coach compared the heart of the OU batting order ofÂ Lauren Chamberlain, Ricketts andÂ Jessica ShultsÂ to the Yankees' lineup when that club dominated Major League Baseball in the 1990s.
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â€śWho do you pitch around?â€ť Eriksen said. â€śI mean, do you walk Chamberlain to get to Ricketts? Do you walk Ricketts to get to Shults? What do you do? The margin of error becomes smaller at this level against a great hitting team like that.â€ťÂ Â
RUSSELL RETURNS HOME
LSU senior catcher Morgan Russell, who is from Edmond Santa Fe, estimated at least 50 friends and family members attended Thursday's WCWS opener against California.
â€śIt's really neat to come back here,â€ť Russell said. â€śMy high school career ended here at this stadium and I'll end my college career here. I got millions of texts leading up to this.â€ť
LSU lost its opener 5-3, but Russell drove in two runs with a two-run single in the second that gave the Tigers an early 2-0 lead.
â€śThat was a cool feeling,â€ť Russell said. â€śTo do that in front of my friends and family is something I'll always remember. I thank God for giving me this opportunity.â€ť
SOUTH FLORIDA'S PITCHING A UNIQUE CHALLENGE
Something unique aboutÂ Eriksen's coaching style is the way he frequently switches pitchers.
StarterÂ Sara NevinsÂ tossed 4 2/3 innings, whileÂ Lindsey RichardsonÂ was occasionally inserted throughout the game to finish with 1 1/3 innings. Sam GreinerÂ also faced two batters in the sixth before Richardson was reinserted into the game.
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