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Oklahoma softball: Sooners crush Marist 17-0 in five innings

Lauren Chamberlain hits another home run, OU advances to play Arkansas at 1 p.m. Saturday in Norman.
BY STEPHANIE KUZYDYM, Staff Writer, skuzydym@opubco.com Published: May 17, 2013
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NORMAN — A small flashback to Texas came before Oklahoma softball coach Patty Gasso.

A  really small one. She didn't really want to admit it at first.

In the first inning of Oklahoma's game against Marist, when Gasso waved leadoff hitter Lauren Chamberlain from first base around third and Chamberlain didn't look up in time, Gasso saw a glimpse of Texas happening all over again.

“The difference is I stopped her instead of sending her,” Gasso said, recalling the April 20 game against Texas, when Gasso waved Jessica Shults home from second and Shults was called out at the plate to end the game.

Besides the small flashback during the opening round game of the NCAA Tournament at Marita Hynes Field, it was the same Keilani Ricketts, same Lauren Chamberlain, same No. 1-ranked Sooners.

They took control of the game and the momentum from the start, beating Marist, 17-0. The Sooners (48-4) will face Arkansas (35-18) at 1 p.m. Saturday.

Chamberlain went 3-for-4 with five RBIs, including a three-run homer to left center field in her second at-bat of the first inning.

In her first at-bat of the first inning, though, Chamberlain reached base with a single.  Shortly afterward is when Gasso's Texas flashback started.

Georgia Casey slapped a double, and Gasso began waving her arm. Gasso looked like she would wave Chamberlain home all the way from first, but she abruptly stopped turning her arm in a circle as Chamberlain neared third. Chamberlain didn't see her coach's arm stop waving in time and passed the third base. In her attempt to slow down, she instead slipped and fell to the grass in between third and home.

“I was just feeling fast,” Chamberlain said. “Coach did her job and tried to get me back to third. I tried to put on the brakes.”

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