With two outs in the sixth and clinging to a 6-5 lead, defensive replacement Javen Henson came to the plate and singled to left field. Destinee Martinez followed that up with a hit and Callie Parsons then doubled in a run. Brianna Turang followed with a walk, setting the table for Chamberlain’s three-run shot off the wall to secure the win.
“They’re finding ways to keep the rally alive,” Gasso said. “Javen coming off the bench like that was big-time for us. Our 7-8-9, they find ways to get on. It was a tag-team effort.”
The win was the second of the regional for the Sooners (49-4), and leaves them one win short of the regional title. Playing on the hottest day of the season, it came on a muggy afternoon that left both sides drained by the end of the contest, including an Arkansas (35-19) squad that had to play again later in the day.
“It was a hard-fought game for us, and a clutch performance for us as well,” Gasso said. “Our athletes know the importance of this game and what it does for us in terms of getting to rest and getting out of the heat.
“What we just played was the biggest game of our season. Now every game we play is the biggest of our season.”
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