“Chamberlain Continues Assault On HR Record While Sooners Run Win Streak To Eight” Written By Bill Plummer
NORMAN, Okla –The numbers are 83 and seven. One is important individually while the other is important collectively.
Together they meant alot to the surging University of Oklahoma women's softball team.
Seven represents the number of shutouts the Sooners have in a row while 83 is the number of career home runs OU slugger Lauren Chamberlain has after hitting a pair over the weekend in a 14-0 five-inning win over Samford Sunday afternoon at the Courtyard by Marriott Tournament.
Chamberlain is now tied for fifth on the all-time list after going 2-for-2 with three runs scored, three RBI and two walks. She hit a two-run homer in the third and a solo homer in the fourth inning.It was the Chamberlain's 16th career multi-homer game and her second this season.
The Sooners (18-3) have now won eight games in a row with seven of the shutout variety after beating Missouri State (9-10) 11-0 in five innings to conclude a perfect weekend.
In going 4-0 at the tournament, OU outscored its opponents 44-0, outhit them .457 to .139 and had more home runs (13) than the other teams had hits (10).
With its seventh straight shutout, OU has tied a school record, which had been done three times previously. Most recently, OU accomplished the feat from March 9-17 in 2013. In their current streak, OU has outscored its opponents 67-0. The team’s 39-inning scoreless run dates back to the final inning against Kentucky on Feb. 21.
Sunday’s star was pitcher Kelsey Stevens, whose only hit allowed was a two-out single in the first inning. She walked one while striking out eight to improve her record to 7-0. She has gone 18 straight innings without giving up a run. She had a dominant weekend, striking out 20 while walking just two in running her record to 7-0. Opponents hit .179 off her in 11.o innings of work.
Erin Miller capped a remarkable weekend with her fourth homer of the season. She went 8-10 (.800) with six runs scored, 12 runs batted in, three home runs, two triples, one double, three walks and two stolen bases. She slugged 2.200 and got on base at a .857 clip.
Miller’s output was nearly matched by Chamberlain, who went 7-10 (.700) with six runs scored, 11 RBI, four home runs, one double and three walks.
The Sooners return to action this weekend with East Carolina and Iowa visit for the OU Tournament. First pitch is scheduled for 2:15 p.m. Saturday against Iowa.
Bill Plummer A graduate of Indiana University, Ind. Bill has been involved in softball for more than four decades. For 30years he was a fixture at the ASA National Office as a communications coordinator, manager of the ASA National Softball Hall of Fame and historian. In addition, he also served as the editor of the ASA official newsletter, The Inside Pitch, and as the Trade Show Manager. He has written widely about the sport and has contributed to 14 books. In 2009, he authored “The Game America Plays.” In 2012, he co-authored “Best of the Best-Women’s Fastpitch.” In 2014, ” A Series of Their Own. The History of the Women's College World Series.” He has been elected to five halls of fame, including the ASA National. In 1996, he served as the Information Manager for the debut of softball in the Olympics.
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