Saturday, May 19, 2012

Softball: Sooners Roll Lehigh, 19-3

Sooners advance to the second round of NCAA regional: It didn’t take Oklahoma long to quash any and all doubt that the Sooners would suffer a letdown after wrapping up the Big 12 title a week ago. It took just three batters for Oklahoma to get on the board with a two-run home run by Lauren Chamberlain, but that was just the beginning.

It was in the second frame that the Sooners really got rolling. And, 13 runs later, the Sooners had completed a rout that took just two innings to create on their way to a 19-3 victory over Lehigh in the opening round of the NCAA regional.

Seventeen batters stepped to the plate for Oklahoma in the second, and two of them took pitches over the fence. Katie Norris hit a deep home run to left to put Oklahoma on top 4-0, and Keilani Ricketts topped her later in the inning when she blasted a grand slam to put Oklahoma up 8-0.

But the Sooners weren’t done yet. They continued to put runners on the bases, and with help from several Mountain Hawk mistakes, Oklahoma pushed through seven more runs to complete its most dominant inning of the season.

“They were just anxious to come out and unload,” coach Patty Gasso said. “This is what they’re capable of when they’re hitting on all cylinders.” (More at Norman Transcript)
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