STILLWATER — With slugger Lauren Chamberlain back in the lineup and at least a share of the Big 12 championship already clinched, the defending national champion Oklahoma softball team appears primed for another deep postseason run.
First, though, the Sooners must get through a two-game, home-and-home series with Bedlam rival Oklahoma State, beginning Saturday at 1 p.m. in Stillwater. The teams meet again Sunday at 2 p.m. in Norman to conclude the regular season.
“If you look at where we were at the beginning of the season and where we are now, it’s a huge improvement,” said junior infielder Georgia Casey. “That’s what we want coming to the end of conference and going into postseason.”
Two games ahead of second-place Baylor, Oklahoma (43-10 overall, 14-2 Big 12) can claim the Big 12 title outright by winning just one of its two games this weekend against the Cowgirls (26-26, 5-11 Big 12). OU won the season’s first meeting 2-0 on April 2 in Norman.
That game was won without Chamberlain, a junior who blasted 60 home runs over her first two seasons on campus. But before her back injury in late March, she’d only hit six home runs in 2014.
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