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May 2, 2014

Sooners can clinch Big 12 title with sweep

NORMAN — Oklahoma is three wins away from a Big 12 title.

The 12th-ranked Sooners (40-10, 11-2) have a two-game lead over both Baylor and Texas and own the tiebreaker over both.

With five conference games left on the schedule for OU, this weekend’s home series against Texas Tech offers the Sooners the opportunity to secure the championship on Sunday.

Winning the title for the third year in a row is a lofty goal, but it’s one that the Sooners, who have a pair of Bedlam games against Oklahoma State left next week, have in their reach after taking two of three games from both Baylor and Texas earlier this season. While the Sooners are a heavy favorite over Texas Tech (35-16, 8-7) on paper, it’s also not something coach Patty Gasso’s squad is taking for granted.

“We know we’re one of the hottest teams in the country,” Gasso said last week after the Sooners completed a three-game sweep over UAB before also defeating Arkansas on Wednesday to win 21 of their last 23 games. “But we still need to get better. We have to make sure you combine working on what you need to work on while also catching your breath and being ready to go.”

It’s a balance that Wednesday’s 10-2, run-rule victory over the Razorbacks certainly helped with. The Sooners rested Monday before the trip and are heading into tonight’s 6:30 p.m. game healthier than they’ve been in two months.

The biggest reason for that is the addition of Lauren Chamberlain, who made her return against UAB after missing nearly two months with a back injury. The All-American slugger has quickly returned to form since her return, going 3 for 8 with seven walks.

“Physically, I felt good,” she said after drawing three walks in OU’s 6-4 win over UAB on Sunday. “I feel like I’m seeing the ball pretty well.”

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