April 25, 2012

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 W- Ricketts (24-6) 5.0 4 1 1 1 7
 L - Freeman (7-8) 3.1 4 5 5 3 2
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 OU- Chamberlain 2 3 2 2 1 2
 OSU- Graham 2 0 1 0 1 0
 
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NORMAN, Okla. -- With those around the program becoming so accustomed to Lauren Chamberlain hitting home runs, it almost seemed as if she was in a slump after not hitting one in six straight games. All thoughts of that were banished on Wednesday night as the freshman sent two over the fence, for three in the last two games, to break the program record for home runs in a season and lead OU to a 7-1 win over instate rival Oklahoma State. The two solo shots upped the freshman’s home run total to 22 this year.

The win gave OU its second sweep of a Big 12 series as it moved to 39-7 and 14-4 in the Big 12 while OSU fell to 23-19 and 6-9 in the Big 12. The Sooners had previously defeated the Cowgirls 4-0 on March 28 in Oklahoma City and 11-1 in five innings on April 11 in Stillwater.

Chamberlain tied the single season home run record last Saturday against Missouri, breaking a six-game home run drought, before hitting two Wednesday night for her sixth game this season with two home runs. It was Oklahoma’s 19th game this season with multiple home runs before Chamberlain’s classmate, Erica Sampson, gave OU its 10th game with at least three home runs with a three-run shot in the fourth. The Sooners are 19-0 in those multiple home run games.

“I wasn’t really worried about the record but I feel honored to be in the same ballpark as the players that have had the record like (OU volunteer) Coach (Lisa) Carey,” said Chamberlain. “I was seeing the pitches well. Some times I get a little anxious up at the plate.”

The two home runs also put Chamberlain in sole possession of fourth on the Big 12 single season home run list. The first-year Sooner is just two home runs away from tying the record of 24 held by three different players.

Keilani Ricketts picked up the win for the Sooners to move to 24-6 on the year. The junior pitched five innings, striking out seven while allowing four hits, one run and one walk before being replaced by Michelle Gascoigne. Gascoigne threw one inning of shutout ball before Kirsten Allen entered the circle for the game’s final scoreless inning. Simone Freeman took the loss for OSU to fall to 7-8 on the year.

Two games after tying the OU single season record for home runs, Chamberlain took just three pitches to claim sole possession of the record as she sent her 21st home run over the right field fence of the OU Softball Complex. The solo shot on a 1-1 count marked the 19th time this season that OU has scored in the first inning as the team is 18-1 on the season when doing so.

Chamberlain was apparently not satisfied with just holding the record as she stepped to the plate in the third inning for her second at bat. The freshman sent a 3-1 pitch over the center field fence, nearly identical from her first home run for her sixth game this season with two home runs.

OU increased its lead in the fourth inning when Georgia Casey led off with a walk before Katie Norris was hit by a pitch to put runners on first and second. After Jessica Vest replaced Norris on the base path, Sampson sent her third home run of the season down the left field line, tucking it just inside the foul pole for a three-run shot and a 5-0 Oklahoma lead.

OSU pulled a run back on the Sooners in the fifth as Taylor Woodall was hit by a pitch to start the inning before Ari Morrison and Hannah Bowen connected on back-to-back singles to load the bases. After Ricketts hit Sam Chrisman to bring home OSU’s first run, the junior struck out the next two OSU batters to end the inning.

Oklahoma quickly answered OSU’s score with two runs of its own as Chamberlain walked to lead off the inning before stealing second and advancing to third on a throwing error from the Cowgirl catcher. Ricketts hit her 11th double this season to the left center gap to drive in Chamberlain before she advanced to third on a wild pitch. A Jessica Shults’ sacrifice fly to center brought Ricketts home for the second run of the inning and Shults’ 40th RBI this season.

The Sooners return to action this Saturday when they travel to Conway, Ark., for the a one-game set with Central Arkansas at 1 p.m.