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February 8, 2013

Sooners open season still motivated by title series loss

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NORMAN —

Once again the Sooners will present a lineup among the most explosive in the country. Behind Chamberlain, who set a Big 12 single-season home run record with 30 last year, the Sooners have more power than ever before. Gasso called her the best hitter she’s ever seen and expects another big year. But the power doesn’t end there. Shults and Ricketts combined for 37 more home runs, and the incoming cast adds even more.

“The freshmen group has tremendous power,” Gasso said. “In batting practice more balls are on the other side of the fence than this side.”

With such a talented lineup, anything less than a national championship will be viewed by some as a disappointment. It’s a concept the Sooners are embracing, beginning at the top with Ricketts.

“It’s all about winning a championship this year,” she said. “It’s painful to think about how last year ended, but that’s even more motivation for us this season.”

Corbin Hosler

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