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Oklahoma's softball 1-2 punch is almost untouchable

by Stephanie Kuzydym Modified: June 5, 2013 at 11:35 am •  Published: June 4, 2013
OU's Lauren Chamberlain (44) hits 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
OU's Lauren Chamberlain (44) hits 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

It’s the bottom hole and the top hitter.

It’s Brianna Turang to Lauren Chamberlain.

It is, Tennessee’s players agreed, the greatest 1-2 punch they’ve seen in softball.

The combination of Turang’s speed and Chamberlain’s bat is what helped Oklahoma to a WCWS Championship Series Game 1 victory.

Turang’s major thought in her at-bat? Get on base so she can pass the bat on to Lauren because “everyone knows Lauren likes it when runners are on … and her bat is hot.”

Chamberlain is a player who feeds off things like the sound and energy. The more you give her, the more she delivers.

In this year’s Women’s College World Series, Chamberlain’s batting average is .353, while Turang’s is .308.

Chamberlain’s slugging percentage? 1.059
Turang’s slugging percentage? .538
Chamberlain’s on-base percentage? .421
Turang’s on-base percentage? .400

For Chamberlain, she has six hits on 17 at-bats with five runs and driving in five RBIs. She hit one double, one triple and three home runs. She’s walked twice and struck out three times.

For Turang, she’s had four hits in 13 at-bats, with five runs. She hit a double and a triple, was walked twice and struckout once.

But beyond all those numbers, Turang and Chamberlain have alerted Tennessee’s players that they will give them no break in the lineup, from top to bottom, and that their No. 9 hitter is just as threatening as their No. 1 hitter.

“Obviously you don’t see that often,” Raven Chavanne, Tennessee’s lead-off hitter and USA Softball National Player of the Year finalist, said. “It’s a great 1- 2 punch.”

From Tennessee pitcher Ellen Renfroe: “I don’t know if I’ve seen a better 1-2 punch. Lauren Chamberlain’s the best for a reason.”

From Tennessee shortstop Madison Shipman – “I don’t think I’ve ever seen a better 1-2 punch then them either. You don’t get a break throughout their line-up. Once you get past one, it’s like, ‘Okay, here comes another one.’”


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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