The Norman Transcript


May 17, 2013

Red Foxes more excited than they are intimidated



Chamberlain on a tear: After a tough weekend at Texas three weeks ago in which Chamberlain went hitless in the series for the first time in her career, she has responded with what has been one of the best stretches of her career.

In the eight games since that series, Chamberlain is batting .579 and leads the team with 12 RBIs and four home runs, including a pair of bombs in the regular-season finale against Oklahoma State.

Sooners bring in more awards: While the Sooners have spent the week preparing for the NCAA tournament regional that kicks off tonight, the honors have kept pouring in.

Eight players were named to the academic All-Big 12 team, a school record. Seniors Michelle Gascoigne and Brianna Turang and junior Javen Henson joined underclassmen Callie Parsons and Jessica Vest on the first team, while Brittany Williams, Georgia Casey and Erica Sampson were named to the second team.

The All-Region team also was released on Thursday, and OU had six athletes receive the honor.

Keilani Ricketts, Turang and Lauren Chamberlain were all named to the first team, while Gascoigne was joined by Destinee Martinez and Shelby Pendley on the second team.

Bedlam series spurs Ricketts: Coach Patty Gasso said she was glad the Sooners ended the regular season against Oklahoma State because it would keep the intensity high entering the postseason.

It certainly worked out for senior pitcher Keilani Ricketts, who pitched her fifth no-hitter of the season in the finale, three months after she opened the season with a no-hitter against Stanford.

“We wanted to set the tone with that last series,” Ricketts said. “We came out and left it all on the field heading into the postseason.”

Sooners’ history with regional teams: Oklahoma is a combined 18-2 all-time against teams in the Norman regional.

That includes a 16-2 mark all-time against Arkansas, and 2-0 in postseason games. OU also is 2-0 against their other possible second-game opponent in Fordham, with both wins coming in the 2010 regional.

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