OU softball faces 'Bama in WCWS
NORMAN – There was no weather delay Sunday, and there wasn't any stopping the Oklahoma softball team, either.
Five home runs, including two from junior Lauren Chamberlain, backed a strong performance in the circle from sophomore Kelsey Stevens as seventh-seeded Oklahoma (50-11) defeated No. 10 Tennessee (46-12), 8-2, to win the Norman Super Regional and advance OU to the Women's College World Series for the ninth time in program history.
With the win, OU will face Alabama at 8 p.m. Thursday at ASA Hall of Fame Stadium in Oklahoma City.
"I have to start by saying we give God the glory for this win and this opportunity to play on a day of such tough competition," OU head coach Patty Gasso said. "We saw this team come together and give it all they had freely and with determination. I'm very proud of the effort."
After weather delays that combined to take over six hours last Friday and Saturday, the field stayed dry Sunday as Oklahoma found the resolve to rally from an early deficit to clinch its fourth straight trip to Oklahoma City, the longest active streak in the country.
The top of the order provided the power as the five home runs tied an OU postseason record, but the bottom of the order was just as vital to the win.