Oklahoma freshman first baseman Lauren Chamberlain has dreamed about playing in the Women's College World Series for awhile. Thursday, she got her chance and made the most of it, blasting a home run in her second WCWS at-bat. Friday, she was 2 for 4 with an RBI in the Sooners' 3-0 win over No. 1 Cal. After the win, she talked with The Oklahoman's Ryan Aber about her experience so far, celebrating the Big 12 title with late-night dancing and her favorite spots in Norman.
What was it like to hit a home run against South Florida in your first WCWS game?
It was really exciting. Being a freshman, it's my first time in the World Series. Last year, I was watching someone else hitting that home run and just wishing I could be there. Ever since I was a little kid, I just wanted to be in those situations and get that big hit for my team and the great part is that the rest of our team wants to do that as well. I was just blessed to be in that moment and happy that it worked out the way it did.
You've been thinking about those moments for awhile. What was the experience of walking out onto the field here for your first WCWS game like?
It was a little overwhelming at first, especially looking at the crowd. As the game went on, I used the crowd and fed off their energy and so did the rest of our team so it worked to our advantage.
In the sixth inning, Keilani Ricketts worked out of a jam with two strikeouts with runners on second and third to keep the Bears scoreless. How was the energy in the dugout after that inning?
It's huge because with her performances like that when she gets you out of tough situations, it reminds you of her approach and where she's at mentally in the game. She draws us all up and when she gets out of that, it lifts us to a new level. You want to get back in that dugout and get more runs for her. The team wants to come up big for Keilani because she comes up big for us.
What was the most fun you've ever had on a softball field before this week?
After we won Big 12, we came back and it was one in the morning and we came back on our bus and everyone was so dead tired. We had no idea, we thought we were just going to turn in our laundry and bail but they had everything set up. They had our Big 12 trophy on the field and they started playing, we do this dance to ‘Cotton-Eyed Joe,' right? They start playing that over the speaker. It's 1:15 in the morning and we all just get on the field, drop our stuff and start doing the ‘Cotton-Eyed Joe.' That was honestly one of the funnest times I've ever had in my life is being with my team, one, two in the morning and celebrating our win.
Other than the softball field, where's your favorite place to hang out in Norman?
The pool, especially when it gets hot. Also, Qdoba. I'm serious, Qdoba. Everybody — eat there.