Injuries hit the Sooners hard, with Kady Self lost for the year and Lauren Chamberlain reduced to a fraction of the player who hit 60 home runs her first two years.
But players like Stevens, Shelby Pendley, Destinee Martinez and Brittany Williams kept the Sooners grinding forward. Martinez, Williams and Javen Henson represent a senior class that became the heart of an overachieving team.
Now, Chamblerain, Pendley and Georgia Casey are part of a six-player class who will be in those roles as seniors next season. With a strong core group of returning players, and a promising recruiting class, expectations will be just as high in Norman next year.
“(This year’s seniors) paved the way and they’re passing the torch to those of us that are now going to be seniors,” Chamberlain said. “(We’re motivated) to leave our legacy on the field as well because they left an awesome legacy. Big shout out to our seniors. Ending on a loss always fuels us for the next season and we have some really good kids coming in and a lot of returners, so I'm really excited for it.”