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Oklahoma softball: Lauren Chamberlain snaps slump vs. Texas

by Scott Wright Published: June 1, 2013

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.

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by Scott Wright
Reporter
A lifelong resident of the Oklahoma City metro area, Scott Wright has been on The Oklahoman staff since 2005, covering a little bit of everything on the state's sports scene. He has been a beat writer for football and basketball at Oklahoma and...
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