Maybe it's time we got serious about this business of the Sooner softballers being some kind of super team.
The Sooners have gone from winning a bunch to winning by a bunch and now to prodigious feats of strength.
Lauren Chamberlain hit one of the longest home runs in Women's College World Series memory, then Keilani Ricketts hit one of the highest home runs in Series memory. And neither was the play of the game Sunday in OU's 6-2 victory over Washington that put the Sooners in the Championship Series of NCAA softball.
That distinction belonged to Brianna Turang, who keeps circling Hall of Fame Stadium's dirt in the most remarkable ways.
Turang, a classic slap hitter, launched a third-inning drive over shallow-playing UW left fielder Whitney Jones, and Turang's speed made for an easy triple.
You can watch a lot of softball and never see a triple hit to left field. The Sooners as a team entered the World Series with just one triple. Turang had only four doubles all season.
Two pitches after her triple, Turang scored when Washington catcher Shawna Wright failed to snag Kaitlin Inglesby's wild pitch.
On Saturday, Turang scored when Texas threw her 10-foot bunt down the first-base line and it caromed all the way to the right-field wall.
The Sooners often jog around the bases after massive home runs. But what do you do with a team that also can score through more-inventive methods?
Tennessee gets to find out now. The seventh-seeded Volunteers face OU in the best-of-3 finals, starting Monday night at Hall of Fame Stadium.
The Vols not only have to contend with Ricketts' dominant pitching, not only have to contend with home runs hit deep into the night, but with a team capable of racing to runs.
Washington knows that all too well.
A pitch after Turang scored, Chamberlain ripped a drive that easily cleared the left-field wall and bounced on one hop over the 300-foot slowpitch outfield fence. It was Chamberlain's 29th home run of the season and added to her growing mystique as a power hitter of historic proportions.
Three batters later, Ricketts hit a ball that seemed to go straight up. But like a PGA long-driver, the ball was going more than up. It stayed in the air what seemed like 30 seconds, then dropped into the center field seats for another monster homer, and OU had a 3-0 lead.
A three-run lead is more than enough for Ricketts, who in seven innings struck out 12 and really was touched only with Kylee Lahners' fifth-inning home run. UW's second run was courtesy of an error.
An NCAA championship is not assured. But it seems more and more likely for this 55-4 team that longtime softball experts are calling historically good and even casual observers can see has all the makings of a super team.
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