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Brianna Turang gives mighty Sooners the element of speed

Turang keeps circling Hall of Fame Stadium's dirt in the most remarkable ways.
by Berry Tramel Published: June 3, 2013
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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.

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by Berry Tramel
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Berry Tramel, a lifelong Oklahoman, sports fan and newspaper reader, joined The Oklahoman in 1991 and has served as beat writer, assistant sports editor, sports editor and columnist. Tramel grew up reading four daily newspapers — The Oklahoman,...
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