Oklahoma’s softball team put on a home run derby to earn a spot in the Women’s College World Series with an 8-2 win over Tennessee in Game 3 of the NCAA Super Regional in Norman on Sunday afternoon.
The Sooners hit five home runs in the game, two by Lauren Chamberlain, to break open a close game and take the super regional two games to one, earning their fourth straight berth in the WCWS in Oklahoma City.
The Sooners fell behind 1-0 after senior left fielder Destinee Martinez dropped a routine fly ball, allowing the Lady Vols to score and take the lead.
OU answered with two runs in the bottom of the third, with Chamberlain leading off with a solo home run.
Tennessee tied it in the top of the fourth on a solo home run by Melissa Davin, making it 2-2.
The Sooners came right back with a run in the bottom of the fourth, as Shelby Pendley laid down a squeeze bunt for a single, which scored Martinez from third base and OU had the lead for good, 3-2.
Senior Javen Henson added to the Sooner lead in the fifth inning, hitting a solo home run to left field to make it 4-2.
It was Henson’s first home run since April 8th.
OU broke the game open with a four-run 6th inning.
Chamberlain led off with her second home run, crushing a pitch off the video board in left field to make it 5-2.
After a single by Pendley, senior Brittany Williams hit a two-run home run to left center to make it 7-2.
The next batter was Georgia Casey, and she hit a solo home run to left field to make it 8-2.
It was more than enough offense for OU pitcher Kelsey Stevens, who tossed a complete game, giving up just three hits and only one earned run.
Stevens earned her 37th win of the year, tying the OU single season record.
Oklahoma won their 50th game of the year, the ninth time they’ve won 50 games under 20-year head coach Patty Gasso.
The Sooners will be going to their ninth Women’s College World Series, and will face Alabama in the first round on Thursday at ASA Hall of Fame Stadium in Oklahoma City.
The game time will be announced later.