NORMAN — The bottom of Oklahoma's lineup worked the count and waited.
Then the Sooners attacked, getting on base so the top of the lineup, namely Lauren Chamberlain, could drive them in.
In the top-ranked Oklahoma softball team's 10-5 victory against Arkansas on Saturday in the NCAA Norman Regional, No. 6 hitter Brittany Williams went 3-for-3 with a home run and three RBIs.
While the 7-8-9 hitters struggled to get on base in the first three innings, they ignited in Sooners the last three innings. Destinee Martinez, Callie Parsons and Brianna Turang all reached base in the fifth and sixth, which allowed Chamberlain to knock them in for five RBIs.
“Our 7-8-9 keep doing the job, finding a way to get on,” Oklahoma coach Patty Gasso said. “Thus Lauren is back at the plate and opening the game up again. It was just a tag-team effort though.”
TWO OKLAHOMANS CONTRIBUTE FOR RAZORBACKS
Arkansas second baseman Sierra Bronkey and starting pitcher Hope McLemore are both Oklahomans, but they aided the Razorbacks on Saturday.
Bronkey, a redshirt sophomore from Edmond Santa Fe, went 0-for-3 but had four putouts defensively.
McLemore, a senior pitcher from Ringling, started and threw 3 1/3 innings, giving up six hits, four runs, two earned, and two walks. She faced 20 batters and threw 50 strikes in 84 pitches.
Oklahoma coach Patty Gasso said the Sooners were a bit surprised Arkansas didn't start Kimmy Beasley, who earned complete-game victories against LSU, Missouri and Tennessee this season.
“(Hope has) really pitched well since the (Texas) A&M series,” Arkansas coach Mike Larabee said. “I wanted to get her an opportunity. She wanted to get recruited by OU and it didn't work out. I'm glad she's a Razorback. She's got a big heart and she can really spin the ball well and give Kimmy a little bit more rest.”
Hilldale's Danielle Riddle is also on the Razorbacks' roster.
Larabee on scoring four runs in the sixth inning: “There are several games this year we had our arm hanging out over the coffin. We call ourselves the Cardiac 'Backs.”