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May 21, 2013

Brittany Williams giving Sooners yet another weapon

NORMAN — She didn’t grab the headlines, nor did she appear in the postgame press conference. She didn’t win a Big 12 award or show up as a finalist for national honors.

But Brittany Williams was just as vital to Oklahoma’s regional success as anyone else on the roster.

The junior went 6 for 7 in the regional while walking twice. She added three doubles and also launched her seventh homer of the season while helping the Sooners (50-4) sweep Marist and Arkansas to win the tournament.

Coach Patty Gasso praised William’s performance, calling her “one of the MVPs” of the weekend after she helped key several Sooner rallies.

“She was on fire all weekend,” Gasso said. “She’s very confident right now and is taking good swings.”

It’s a long way from where Williams was a season ago, when she struggled down the stretch even as her teammates carried the Sooners to the national title game. After the season ended, she returned to OU this year with a renewed work ethic and determination.

And it’s paid off. Williams is batting .350 on the season and has started every game. She is fifth on the team in RBIs with 36 and is slugging .610. Batting in the seventh hole for the most of the season and sixth last

weekend after Gasso moved her up, Williams provides a power punch toward the bottom of the lineup, setting the stage for the slappers in the 7-8-9 hole.

“She’s great for this team right now,” Gasso said. “And it’s nice because last year at this time, she was not in a good place.”

Heading into this weekend’s Super Regional against Texas A&M (42-16), which begins with a 6 p.m. game Thursday at Marita Hynes Field, with the second game coming at 3 p.m. Friday and the if-necessary game immediately after that, the Sooners will again look toward Williams to anchor the bottom half of the lineup.

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