The Oklahoma Sooners are playing the best softball in the nation right now, and look better than they have since they won the national championship in 2000-01. Now, at the Oklahoma Sooners softball regional in Norman, OU is only one win away from a trip to the Super Regionals as the number one team in the nation.
It started on Friday evening when the top ranked Sooners’ softball squad demolished Marist in a five-inning 17-0 victory. It was the 21st time OU won by run rule this season. Keilani Ricketts pitched her 28th victory of the season, giving up only one run in three innings. The OU offense exploded for 13 hits from seven different batters, with Lauren Chamberlain leading the way, finishing 3-for-4 with one home run, two runs scored and five RBIs.
On Saturday, OU faced Arkansas, who beat Fordham on Day 1. That game was not as easy for the Sooners, as they had to withstand a Razorbacks sixth inning run.
Oklahoma scored two quick runs in the first and led 6-1 heading into the sixth innings. However, Arkansas hit Ricketts hard in the sixth, scoring four runs to put the score at a slim OU 6-5 lead.
In the bottom of the sixth, Javen Henson and Destinee Martinez both singled and then Callie Parsons hit a double, which scored Henson. After Brianna Turang walked, that brought up Lauren Chamberlain up to the plate. For the second game in a row, Chamberlain finished with five RBIs, as she hit a double, clearing the bases and giving OU the 10-5 win.
Now, OU heads into the finals of the Oklahoma Sooners softball regional games, playing whoever wins tonight’s Arkansas vs. Fordham game.