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OU softball: Sooner slugger Lauren Chamberlain can only get better

OU assistant coach Melyssa Lombardi says Chamberlain worked harder than ever this past offseason.
by Jason Kersey Published: February 19, 2014

As the Sooners got lots of national TV coverage the past two seasons while making deep runs in the Women's College World Series, Chamberlain saw herself become a minor celebrity, a fact that she has embraced.

“I think I've stayed the same, honestly,” she said. “I think it's fun when you have people recognizing you and your team when you're out in public. That's awesome. For me personally, it's great to use that to glorify God in a different way.”

Oklahoma doesn't play its first home game until March 1, when it hosts the Spring Preview Tournament with Nebraska and Arkansas Pine-Bluff.

The Sooners returned most of their roster from last year's national championship team, but lost superstar Keilani Ricketts to graduation. The two-time USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year dominated the game in the circle and at the plate.

Back, though, are key players such as senior Destinee Martinez and juniors Shelby Pendley and Georgia Casey, in addition to Chamberlain.

“Oh, she's not done,” Martinez said of Chamberlain. “She wants to be the best. She's gonna keep working and working. She's competitive within herself, and she's gonna want to beat the numbers she had last year. I'm excited to watch her.”

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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