“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.”