The Norman Transcript

May 12, 2014

Sooners celebrate senior day with run-rule Bedlam win

By Corbin Hosler
The Norman Transcript

NORMAN — The Big 12 title already in hand, all that was left for Oklahoma in Sunday’s regular-season finale against Oklahoma State was to pad its postseason resume and honor its three seniors.

Brittany Williams made it a Senior Day to remember.

Williams was a perfect 4-for-4 on the day and finished with a career-high six RBIs, including a three-run home run in the first inning that set the tone for OU’s 11-3, five-inning run-rule victory over its Bedlam rivals.

Williams, batting in the four-hole after slugger Lauren Chamberlain missed the game with a swollen knee that will undergo an MRI today, made the most of the opportunity. She added three singles and a run scored go along with the six RBIs and also recorded two putouts at first base after moving into the infield in Chamberlain’s absence.

“It felt pretty good,” Williams said of her big Senior Day game after receiving the Bedlam Cup with her team after the Sooners completed the season sweep of the Cowgirls. “I was just trying to make adjustments from yesterday and take my hacks at it.”

The other two seniors, Destinee Martinez and Javen Henson, also contributed to the victory, OU’s 12th in a row. Martinez went 2-for-4 at the plate with a pair of runs scored and Henson made an impressive defensive play on a hard-hit ball near second base. The class advanced to the Women’s College World Series three years in a row and has a chance to make it four straight this season.

“I know they won’t settle for anything less,” coach Patty Gasso said of the trio. “I like that they didn’t try too hard today trying to be spectacular on Senior Day. They all did something to help us today.”

A day after sweating out a late victory, OU (45-10, 16-2) cruised to a 7-0 lead through two innings on Sunday before Oklahoma State (26-28, 5-13) began to fight back, first on a two-run home run by Ari Morrison and then a solo shot by Gessenia DeLaCruz in the fourth inning. But the Sooners answered with a run and the Sooners added three more, including a home run by Erin Miller, to clinch the run-rule in the bottom half of the fifth.

While the game didn’t change anything in the conference race, it was important for OU to end the regular season on a high note before the NCAA selection committee announced its final seedings for the postseason.

The Sooners will open the postseason at home this weekend as they try to win their fifth regional in a row.

“Whatever comes our way we’re going to be ready to give it everything we have,” Gasso said.

Corbin Hosler

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