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OU softball: Donations pour in from softball teams, fans

Texas A&M softball fans donate so much that a moving van is needed.
By Stephanie Kuzydym Published: May 22, 2013

NORMAN — As the Oklahoma softball team bus drove up to Journey Church in north Norman, the Sooners watched as a moving truck pulled out.

The truck drove from College Station courtesy of Aggies softball coach Jo Evans, her team and Aggie Nation.

There were boxes and boxes of clothes and toiletries, cases of water and diapers that made Oklahoma's Lauren Chamberlain and Brianna Turang talk over each other as they excitedly recalled the donations.

“That was awesome for them to do that,” Chamberlain said of the Aggies' donations.

Evans said they originally planned to carry the donations on the bus, but their fans brought so much that a local company donated the moving truck.

“In 1999, we were coming up to Oklahoma City for the Big 12 Tournament. A week prior, Moore got it. We saw the devastation and from what I understand, it's even worse this time,” Evans said. “We are humbled by the opportunity to do it and just heartbroken for these people.”

The Sooners helped unload the boxes of Texas A&M donations. They helped sort and organize and move items to a room for distribution.

“It was cool to see how quickly things were brought in and they were taken out immediately for people,” Chamberlain said.

The Sooners also went to Lowe's on Wednesday morning, where they helped unload trucks with donations.

“Right now softball seems very trivial,” OU coach Patty Gasso said. “I almost feel guilty being out on a field and being so blessed to have this opportunity to play. I almost feel somewhat guilty, but what we're going to do is hope that we can bring a little bit of entertainment and relief and distraction to families that need it.

“This team is locked in. We're ready to get after it. We've worked very hard throughout the season. We understand the magnitude of this weekend which is ‘All or go home.' We've talked about it as a team, and we're focused and going to give anything we have and leave everything we have on the field.”


OU's Keilani Ricketts and Chamberlain are two of the three finalists for the USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year Award. The two Sooners are joined by Tennessee's Raven Chavanne as finalists for the award, which is considered the most prestigious honor in Division I softball.

The reigning Player of the Year, Ricketts currently ranks second in the country with 15 shutouts, eighth with a 1.21 ERA and 10th with 291 strikeouts and second with 15 shutouts. Chamberlain is the nation's leader in four individual categories, while no other player leads in more than two statistical categories. In addition to leading in slugging percentage (1.110), Chamberlain also tops the country in home runs per game (0.50), runs scored per game (1.41) and runs batted in per game (1.43).

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