July 11, 2013
NORMAN, Okla. - Oklahoma softball student-athletes Lauren Chamberlain and Destinee Martinez make their debut with the USA Softball Women's National Team Thursday night as play begins at the World Cup of Softball in Oklahoma City.
In addition to Chamberlain and Martinez, infielder Georgia Casey will play for Australia in the five-team event. The rest of the field comprises of Japan, Canada and Puerto Rico.
Team USA begins with a matchup against Canada at 7 p.m. (CT) on ESPN before facing Australia on Friday night, again at 7 p.m. on ESPN. On Saturday, the U.S. squad takes on Japan at 8 p.m. on ESPN and closes out round-robin play versus Puerto Rico Sunday at noon on ESPN.
Tournament play closes out on Sunday after the U.S.-Puerto Rico contest. The No. 4 and 5 seeds play at 2:30, followed by the No. 3 seed facing the winner of the preceding game at 5 p.m. The championship game between the No. 1 and No. 2 seed is scheduled for 8 p.m. and will be shown live on ESPN2.
Chamberlain and Martinez were teammates on the 2010-11 U.S. Women's Junior National Team, winning gold medals at the III Pan American Championship.
One of three finalists for the 2013 USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year, Chamberlain led the nation in home runs (30), home runs per game (0.49), slugging percentage (1.113) and runs per game (1.43), ranked second in on-base percentage (.613) and RBI per game (1.38), fourth in walks per game (1.03) and eighth in batting average (.458).
A first-team All-American, Chamberlain also set Big 12 records for runs scored (87), RBI (84), total bases (187) and on-base percentage and tied the single-season home run mark that she set last season.
Martinez was named to the All-Big 12 First Team, All-Region Second Team and earned a spot on the Women's College World Series All-Tournament Team along with Chamberlain and Ricketts. The outfielder hit .347 on the season with 30 runs scored, six doubles, one triple, 24 RBI and nine stolen bases.
Casey was a member of the 2013 WCWS All-Tournament Team and was an All-Big 12 Second Team honoree. She hit .343 on the year with six home runs, 40 runs batted in and 53 runs scored. She got on base at a .470 clip and slugged .529.
Following the World Cup, Team USA is then slated to compete July 16-22 at the Canadian Open Fast Pitch International Championship in Surrey, B.C., Canada and August 5-18 at an International Softball Federation (ISF) Women's World Championship/Pan American Games qualifier in San Juan, Puerto Rico.