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.’”