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Oklahoma softball: Lauren Chamberlain thrives under pressure

As the Sooners chase another national title, they will rely on their slugging first baseman, who has battled injuries all season but is still a force at the plate.
by Scott Wright Published: May 28, 2014

“She’s doing this with one leg,” Gasso said. “Nothing rattles her. Nothing makes her uncomfortable.”

She was out for seven weeks in March and April. After hitting 30 home runs each of her freshman and sophomore seasons, Chamberlain has just 12 this season. Because of the respect opposing coaches have for her bat, she was named a third-team All-American on Wednesday.

And now that she’s getting more and more comfortable at the plate in her return, she’s all the more dangerous.

“It’s great when Lauren is in the lineup,” said Shelby Pendley, who regularly bats behind Chamberlain and leads OU in home runs. “When she was out, it was an adjustment for us learning how to play without her. When she came back, she’s been doing some great things, hitting a lot of home runs, driving in a lot of runs.

“Having her back in the lineup makes us that much more solid.”

Back on the field at Hall of Fame Stadium, Chamberlain is ready to make some memories for herself and her team — possibly in the form of another national title.

“Some of the best moments of my life have been on that field and in that environment,” Chamberlain said. “I’m excited for (pitcher Kelsey Stevens) and some of our freshmen who haven’t been there before just to feel those feelings, because it’s unreal.”