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Bedlam softball: Sooners hold off Cowgirls' rally to secure Big 12 championship

By Cody Stavenhagen, For The Oklahoman Published: May 10, 2014

— Lauren Chamberlain, Oklahoma’s most dangerous hitter, was injured.

Kelsey Stevens, the Sooners’ undoubted ace, wasn’t at her best.

Runs didn’t come easily against Oklahoma State’s Simone Freeman, but OU got all it needed in the second inning.

The Cowgirls staged a late rally, but the No. 13 Sooners held on for a 5-4 win Saturday at Cowgirl Softball Stadium.

With that, OU (44-10, 15-2 Big 12) fought its way to an outright Big 12 championship and 11th consecutive win.

“With a lot of inexperienced players and new faces, it’s been really something I’ll always remember,” OU coach Patty Gasso said. “This will be a special team to me for doing things I think a lot of people didn’t think they could.”

The lone damper on the Sooners’ championship party is Chamberlain, who injured her right knee after stealing second in the first inning. Gasso said Chamberlain’s status is unknown, but team trainers advised taking her out as a precaution. Chamberlain is only eight games removed from a back injury.

Her departure opened the door for left fielder Paris Townsend, who took Chamberlain’s spot in the order.

Townsend entered play hitting .092 in 65 career at-bats. The sophomore finished the day 2-for-2, including an RBI single in OU’s five-run second inning.

The Cowgirls (26-27, 5-12) helped extend that inning with a throwing error and misplayed bunt.

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