NORMAN — Oklahoma junior Lauren Chamberlain hasn’t been able to play in several weeks. But the record-setting slugger made sure her teammates could still hear her at practice on Tuesday, keeping up a steady stream of comments from the dugout. Or, at least a steady stream of one comment.
“Bedlam” was all Chamberlain had on her mind Tuesday, and that’s what her teammates heard all day as they prepared for first contest of the three-part series, which will come at 6:30 p.m. tonight at Marita Hynes Field.
“There’s a lot at stake,” Oklahoma coach Patty Gasso said. “It means a lot to all of them. Lauren Chamberlain is yelling Bedlam out of the dugout over and over again. We not only want to win the Big 12, we want to be the best team in Oklahoma.”
The 16th-ranked Sooners will get their chance to prove that tonight. OU (24-8) got off to quick 3-0 start in Big 12 play by run-ruling Iowa State on three consecutive days last weekend, and will try to solidify their run at the conference title with a Bedlam victory tonight.
In Oklahoma State, the Sooners will find a team looking to rebound after dropping three games over the weekend to Kansas. The Cowgirls (19-14, 0-3) managed just one run in the series but held the Jayhawks to just seven runs and took two of the games to extra innings before falling.
OSU’s lineup is more potent than those numbers suggest. The Cowgirls are batting .301 as a team and are led by Shelby Davis, who leads the way with a .402 average and an on-base percentage of .433. They also have a solid ace is senior Simone Freeman, who is 14-7 this year with a 1.49 ERA. She has 14 complete games and four shutouts this season.
The Sooners counter with a team that’s found its groove after a rough start to the season in which they fell from No. 2 in the country to outside the top 20.