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OU softball: Sooners must adjust if Lauren Chamberlain can't play in NCAA regional

Chamberlain has a partially torn PCL in her knee, and whether she plays or not will be entirely up to her, Sooners coach Patty Gasso said.
by Jason Kersey Published: May 15, 2014

“I was kinda like, ‘OK, whatever,’” Gasso said with a laugh. “But when you have an athlete like this that says something, you’ve gotta listen.

“We snuck her into the indoor (facility) and she threw a little bit. She looked really smooth. Her mechanics were very easy and fluid, and she had good spin for not throwing for so long.”

Pendley, from Rio Rancho, N.M., said it took a couple weeks for her to fully adapt to pitching again, but that she’s enjoyed it.

“I didn’t realize how much I missed it from pitching in high school until now,” Pendley said. “It’s a different feeling. You’re in control every single pitch, whereas at third (base), not so much.”

Against Bryant, the Sooners will be a heavy favorite. The Smithfield, R.I., school is making its first-ever NCAA Tournament appearance after winning the Northeast Conference Championship last week.

“The whole team is extremely excited to have this opportunity,” said Bryant coach Shayne Lotito. “Our goal is to compete. I’m not gonna say we’re gonna take them down; I’m not gonna say we’re gonna lose. But this team will compete (Friday).”

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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