Oklahoma softball: Sooners rout Arkansas to win regional

The Sooners' bats were on fire in their regional final victory over Arkansas.
by Stephanie Kuzydym Published: May 19, 2013
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photo - Lauren Chamberlain celebrates a home run during the Norman Regional of the 2013 NCAA Division I Softball Women's College World Series as the University of Oklahoma (OU) Sooners play the Arkansas Razorbacks at Marita Hines Field, Sunday, May 19, 2013. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman
Lauren Chamberlain celebrates a home run during the Norman Regional of the 2013 NCAA Division I Softball Women's College World Series as the University of Oklahoma (OU) Sooners play the Arkansas Razorbacks at Marita Hines Field, Sunday, May 19, 2013. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman

 

As for the play in the game, the Sooners (50-4) showed that they were able to capitalize on mistakes and big moments. In the third, Oklahoma scored two runs before Chamberlain's home run, on an error when the right fielder for Arkansas (36-20) dropped the ball.

“Softball is a big game of momentum and we know that,” Chamberlain said. “As the season's been going on, we're better at knowing when we can capitalize.”

That ability to capitalize, Gasso said, is what makes this team the best in the nation.

“They're a big momentum team and they won't say they know that they're good, but they know that they're good," Gasso said. "They love to keep the inning alive. That's why you see them respond with two outs.”

Like Chamberlain's home run. It came with two outs and she had a 3-2 count.

“In those big situations, breathing helps a lot,” she said. “But at the same time, I don't get worried.”

In the three games Oklahoma played this regional, Chamberlain knocked in 13 RBIs and hit two home runs.

So what's Chamberlain's secret?

“Ball was just looking pretty big today,” Chamberlain said.

by Stephanie Kuzydym
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Stephanie Kuzydym learned at a young age that life is a game of inches. That's just one reason why she loves football. Kuzydym joined The Oklahoman in July 2012. Before arriving in the state, Kuzydym was an intern for the sports departments at...
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