Oklahoma softball: Sooners trying to find identity heading into Bedlam showdown

OU is missing its best player, the injured Lauren Chamberlain, but got off to a hot start in Big 12 play.
by Jason Kersey Published: April 1, 2014
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photo - The OU Sooners surround Lauren Chamberlain (44), middle, after Chamberlain hit the game-winning home run in the twelfth inning during Game 1 of the Women's College World Series NCAA softball championship series between Oklahoma and Tennessee at ASA Hall of Fame Stadium in Oklahoma City, Monday, June 3, 2013. OU won 5-3 in 12 innings. Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman
The OU Sooners surround Lauren Chamberlain (44), middle, after Chamberlain hit the game-winning home run in the twelfth inning during Game 1 of the Women's College World Series NCAA softball championship series between Oklahoma and Tennessee at ASA Hall of Fame Stadium in Oklahoma City, Monday, June 3, 2013. OU won 5-3 in 12 innings. Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman

“She’s our captain, so it is gonna be tough for all of us,” Martinez said, “but she encourages us and lets us know that we don’t need her on the field, that we can do anything without her. She tries to make it clear to us that she’s not the team.”

Gasso said, “We always say we are strong enough that, you take anybody out of our lineup and we’re still gonna win games. I just have to ask everybody to step forward and go to another place.”

One of the players who has stepped up in Chamberlain’s absence is sophomore outfielder Kady Self, who was named Big 12 Player of the Week after an impressive showing against Iowa State. In the weekend series, the Edmond North product hit three home runs, scored seven runs and recorded seven base hits.

“I got a lot of confidence, and my teammates help me out,” Self said. “They’ve all been supporting me, and we’ve been playing good.”


by Jason Kersey
OU Sports Reporter
Jason Kersey became The Oklahoman's OU football beat writer in May 2012 after a year covering high school sports and OSU recruiting. Before joining the newspaper in November 2006 as a part-time results clerk, he covered high school football for...
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