“This team continues to shock me and the rest of you out there,” coach Patty Gasso said after the Sooners won their 29th game in their last 31 tries. “As long as they have one strike left in their arsenal they’re going to use it.
“Callie Parsons was the catalyst of that inning. And what a heads-up play by Destinee Martinez to understand that there were two outs. I was watching the play at first and she just ran right past me. It’s an aggressive, heads-up base-running decision.”
Saturday’s contest was a clash between two prolific offenses, and no pitcher was spared. Texas A&M (36-21) threw three pitchers in the loss, giving up 12 hits and four home runs, including two by Pendley. Oklahoma (47-10) starter Kelsey Stevens left in the sixth and was replaced by Pendley, who was taken for a grand slam by Cali Lanphear on her very first pitch.
But it was the Sooners who came up with the final run. Pendley finished 2 for 3 with four RBIs and also picked up the victory in the circle, while Chamberlain went 2 for 5 with a solo home run as she played on a heavily-braced right knee.
“It’s improving every day,” said Chamberlain, who walked with a slight limp from the start and appeared a few times to pull up in pain while running. “I told coach and my team before the game I’m going to give you my best and I’m going to do what my body will let me.”
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