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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

— Lauren Chamberlain lifted her hand, showing off her national championship ring earlier this month at Oklahoma's softball media day.

“There's some resistance,” Chamberlain joked, referring to the shiny, extravagant ring's weight.

“I can do some curls.”

Even in jest, the Sooners' record-setting slugger talks about improving herself.

Chamberlain blasted 60 home runs and recorded a .404 batting average over her freshman and sophomore seasons, the latter of which ended with Oklahoma winning the national championship.

The Sooners (6-4) haven't gotten off to quite the start they expected this season, but return to action Thursday against Boise State to open the Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic in Palm Springs, Calif. 

Chamberlain's individual numbers are also down through 10 games; she's batting .231 with only one home run and five RBIs.

Asked how much better Chamberlain can get after her monster freshman and sophomore campaigns, assistant coach Melyssa Lombardi said, “A lot better. I think Lauren has the opportunity to continue to get stronger and stronger each year. She's worked even harder this year than her past two years.”

At media day — held four days before the Sooners' season opener — Chamberlain vowed that the pressure of repeating as national champion wouldn't get to her or the team, which elected her captain.

“You can take pressure in a couple of different ways, and I think this team does a good job of making it positive pressure,” Chamberlain said. “I think we like playing with that target on our back.”

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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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