The Norman Transcript

Sports

May 24, 2014

Sooners power past Lady Vols in super regional opener

NORMAN — Oklahoma and Tennessee played a memorable marathon game in the Women’s College World Series championship, going 11 innings before Lauren Chamberlain ended the game with a home run and a Sooners’ victory.

In the first game of the Super Regional on Friday the teams found a way to play even longer, thanks to a two-hour, 37-minute rain delay. But the end result was the same, and OU walked away with an 8-1 victory in the first contest of the best-of-three series.

When OU and Tennessee met in the final game of the 2013 season, both sides were headlined by different players. For OU, it was USA Softball Player of the Year Keilani Ricketts, while Tennessee boasted Raven Chavanne, who was a top-three finalist for the same award. While both players graduated last season, there were still familiar faces, including Chamberlain and Tennessee ace Ellen Renfroe.

But it was a newcomer to the series who stole the show.

Oklahoma pitcher Kelsey Stevens was good but not great in last weekend’s regional, as she struggled at times against a hard-hitting Texas A&M team. Against the Volunteers on Friday, she was exceptional.

Nine of OU’s first 13 outs came on Stevens’ strikeouts, and the sophomore finished with 11 in the game, one off her career high. She rolled through the Tennessee lineup before the rain delay struck in the bottom of the third, and after working out of a jam in the fourth by allowing just one run after the Volunteers (45-11) put two runners on with one out, she rolled through the rest of the game.

“She was outstanding,” coach Patty Gasso said. “We’ve been waiting to see that loose competitive spirit back on the mound. She took last week and said ‘I’m better than this, my team is going to score runs and it’s going to be all right.’ She had good movement, a good mix.”

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Sports
  • Big 12 Media Days Football Big 12 could fill NCAA’s vacuum; make the discipline calls, too

    It doesn’t look good for Joe Mixon.  Though his attorney, Kevin Finlay, said the most ballyhooed prospect of the Sooners’ most recent recruiting class “instinctually defended himself against further harm,” it just doesn’t ...

    July 29, 2014 1 Photo

  • Tang making a splash on state level

    The Sooner Swim Club has produced a long string of great athletes in Norman. Norman North has won back-to-back state championships and senior Justin Wu owns several state records and last week qualified for the U.S. National swim meet. The ...

    July 29, 2014

  • Bradford facing another year of scrutiny in newest season

    ST. LOUIS — It’s become a rite of training camp for Sam Bradford. Every summer, he deals with the oversized burden of living up to getting picked first overall in 2010. The St. Louis Rams quarterback is not surprised that once again, he’s ...

    July 29, 2014

  • Judge rules against owner Donald Sterling, but lengthy saga far from over

    LOS ANGELES — Embattled Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling lost his attempt to block the $2 billion sale of the team to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer....

    July 29, 2014

  • T-Wolves land guard Mo Williams

    MINNEAPOLIS — Mo Williams is on his way to Minnesota, which means J.J. Barea could be on his way out....

    July 29, 2014

  • LSU freshmen face misdemeanors

    BATON ROUGE, La. — Two LSU freshmen football players face charges, one for allegedly stealing a bicycle outside Middleton Library and the other for allegedly tossing firecrackers into a campus apartment....

    July 29, 2014

  • Fitzgerald says players’ push for union brought Northwestern together

    CHICAGO — No matter how this season unfolds, Northwestern coach Pat Fitzgerald insisted there is no more unified team than his Wildcats. For that, he credits the push for them to unionize....

    July 29, 2014

  • Delany rides fence with PSU

    CHICAGO — Big Ten Commissioner Jim Delany took a non-committal stance on an effort by five Pennsylvania Congressmen to rescind sanctions against Penn State for its handling of the Jerry Sandusky sexual abuse scandal....

    July 29, 2014

  • Murray St. aims to be OVC contenders

    Fifth-year Murray State coach Chris Hatcher has returned the program to OVC relevance thanks to his exciting “Hatch Attack” offense. The Racers will need more results if they hope to be serious contenders....

    July 29, 2014

  • Healthy Claiborne ready to show his worth to Cowboys

    OXNARD, Calif. — Morris Claiborne got on Terrance Williams’ nerves the minute the competition started at training camp for the Dallas Cowboys....

    July 29, 2014

Facebook