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May 4, 2013

Chamberlain puts slump in rearview

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NORMAN —

In Kansas, the Sooners will face a team without a dominant pitcher. The Jayhawks have three different pitchers who have recorded at least nine decisions. For Oklahoma, which leads the nation in runs per game and are third in slugging percentage and fifth in home runs per game, it’s a prime opportunity for the Sooners’ offense to rack up runs.

Scoring runs is something the Sooners have only gotten better at recently. Shelby Pendley is leading the way with a .556 average and 10 home runs in her last 12 games, but she’s not alone. Five other Sooners — including Destinee Martinez, Callie Parsons and Brianna Turang, who are surging at the bottom of the lineup — are batting over .400 in the last month. The strength from top to bottom in the lineup is something Gasso said is a sign of an already-explosive offense improving in the season’s final weeks.

“Everybody is contributing,” she said. “Those who aren’t hitting are getting walks. Everybody is really starting to get on their game.”

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