Oklahoma leadoff hitter Lauren Chamberlain was 0-for-13 against Texas this year.
In her 14th at-bat against the Longhorns, which came in the bottom of the fifth inning Saturday afternoon at ASA Hall of Fame Stadium during the Women's College World Series, she made contact and sent the ball sailing high into the air to right field. The right fielder lost it in the sun, and Chamberlain ended up on base.
Third base to be exact. It was her first triple of the year, Oklahoma's first triple of the postseason and only its second triple of 2013.
No. 2 hitter Georgia Casey followed with an double to send Chamberlain home.
The run gave Oklahoma its final run of a 10-2 run-rule win over the Longhorns in five innings.
RICKETTS GIVES UP FIRST HIT IN 12 2/3 INNINGS
On Thursday, Keilani Ricketts became the first pitcher since 2007 to throw a no-hitter in the WCWS.
On Saturday, Ricketts went three-up, three-down for two consecutive innings. Then in the third, she gave up a double and an RBI single. The two hits eventually gave Texas two runs.
They were the first hits Ricketts gave up since Game 2 of the Super Regionals against Texas A&M when, in the second inning, the second batter Ricketts faced hit a single to right field. That means Oklahoma's best pitcher and the National Player of the Year didn't give up a hit in 12 2/3 innings.
“Really? Wow. That's cool,” Ricketts said. “Got to give credit to my defense.”
She had no idea about her streak.
WILLIAMS PASSES HOME PLATE, SCORES
Oklahoma designated hitter Brittany Williams laughs at the fact that during the regional against Marist she went to score at home plate, tripped, fell and then crawled back to home plate.
On Saturday, the situation at home plate was a bit different. Williams was on second when Callie Parsons smacked a single that made Oklahoma coach Patty Gasso wave Williams home. Williams saw how Texas catcher Mandy Ogle was blocking the plate, so she decided to run around her. In the process, she knocked the ball from Ogle's hands and passed the plate. Williams scrambled to the plate as Ogle scrambled after the ball.
After the game, she laughed about passing the plate twice this season.
“I'm cool with being known as the girl who tripped before making it to home plate,” she said. “This time went much smoother.”
GASSO AND HER WINDMILL ARM
In Oklahoma's only loss to Texas this season, Gasso waved her arm around and around like a furious windmill, and the runner ended up being called out at home plate.
On Saturday, Gasso continued to be aggressive in sending runners home, causing two big plays at the plate. The Sooners were successful in both.
“When you're in big games like this, everybody's tight and we just try to make them bring it and make a great throw,” she said. “Where she picks it up is what makes my decision, is it her glove hand or her throwing hand?”
TEXAS' QUICK HOOK
With momentum appearing to swing quickly in OU's favor, Texas coach Connie Clark didn't waste time in pulling her ace pitcher, Blaire Luna.
Luna gave up a walk, single and double to start the third inning before walking Williams on four pitches — Luna's fifth walk of the game — when Clark made the switch.
“Blaire is so good, and I think she was taking the game plan and being too fine,” Clark said. “They've got a tremendous lineup, and we felt like (Kim Bruins) would bring a different style.
“(Bruins) did a great job. We were very close to getting out of that inning, and the momentum could have gone either way.”
Parsons had a full count with two outs and the Sooners trailing 2-1 in the third inning when she singled to score two runs before Brianna Turang's bunt that turned into a three-run error.
PENDLEY RETURNS TO FORM
After a couple of fielding hiccups in Thursday's first-round win over Michigan, OU third baseman Shelby Pendley was back to herself with the glove on Saturday.
Coming into the WCWS, Pendley had committed just seven errors with a fielding percentage of .920.
In the first at-bat of the game Saturday, Pendley grabbed a bouncing grounder down the third-base line and threw quickly off her back foot to retire Texas' Taylor Hoagland.
Pendley later made a good play moving to her left and cut down a run charging a slow grounder and throwing to the plate for a force out.
SOONERS BY THE NUMBERS
*Parsons finished with a career-high three RBIs.
* With Saturday's win, OU improved to 51-0 when scoring at least three runs.
*Oklahoma's victory was its fifth by the run rule this postseason. The Sooners are outscoring their opponents 76-11.
* OU drew seven walks against Texas, bringing its season total to 335, an NCAA single-season record.
* Saturday's run-rule victory was the Sooners' 27th of the season, exactly half of their 54 total victories.