OKLAHOMA CITY — While the World Series is dominating the softball world this weekend, there were a few major announcements.
The first was that the Women’s College World Series would be staying in Oklahoma City through at least 2020 and likely through 2035. The second is the announcement of the All-American teams, with several Sooners making the list.
Juniors Lauren Chamberlain and Shelby Pendley were named to the team, with Pendley earning first-team honors and Chamberlain being placed on the third team. It was Pendley’s first time on the first team, while Chamberlain made the third after missing most of the season with several injuries.
Pendley leads the Sooners in several offensive categories, including hits and home runs, and is also a perfect 13-13 on stolen base attempts. Nationally, she ranks in the top 25 of seven different offensive categories.
Chamberlain became Oklahoma’s seventh three-time All-American, and is batting .371 despite missing 25 games due to injury. If she had played enough games this season, her .591 on-base percentage would rank second in the country.
OU scores on trick play: For at least half an inning on Thursday, it looked like Oklahoma might have brought in the winning run, thanks to a pair of Alabama mistakes and what could have been a trick play.
In the fourth inning Erin Miller started the sequence by drawing a two-out walk before Callie Parsons reached on a fielding error. That brought Javen Henson to the plate, who quickly fell behind 0-2 in the count. After the next pitch Alabama catcher Molly Fichtner fired to first, catching Parsons off the bag in what may have been a designed play on OU’s part. As Parsons ran for second the Tide overthrew the bag and sent the ball sailing into left field, allowing Miller to score from second on the play.