6-4-2013 Oklahoma 2013 National Champions

June 4 2013 Hall of Fame Stadium

Oklahoma Sooners are 2013 national champions.

#1 Oklahoma (55-4) vs #5 Tennessee 52-10
Starting pitchers: OU Michelle Gascoigne, 18-3.  UT Ivy Renfroe 22-4.
Gascoigne ranked 1st in the nation with an ERA of 092 and was 4th in strikeouts with 10.6 pergame.

Oklahoma won Game 1 5-3 on a riveting 2-run home run bottom 12th by Lauren Chamberlain, her 30th of the season, ending the longest game in WCWS history.  The Vols had surged ahead 3-0 on Madison Shipman’s top 11th only to see the Sooners rally for three in the bottom.
The hitting lineups have also changed for Game 2.
The Sooners (see statistics on Spy) have hit 85 home runs, the Vols 58.  OU leads the statistics in hitting, fielding and pitching.
The Sooners, runnerup to Alabama lst year, are seeking their second national title; they defeated UCLA in 2000.  When this Series end, college softball will bid goodby to several outstanding seniors from this game: Sooners Ricketts, Gascoigne, Shults, and Turang, Vols Ivy Renfroe,Chavanne, Dotson and Gibson.

Projected Lineups (Tennessee is home team)

2nd Lauren Gibson 1st Lauren Chamberlain
RF Kat Dotson 2nd Georgia Casey
3rd Raven Chavanne DP Keilani Ricketts
SS Madison Shipman LF Brittany Williams
C Hannah Akamine 3rd Shelby Pendley
LF Melissa Davin C   Jessica Shults
DP Cheyenne Tarango CF Destinee Martinez
1st Melissa Brown SS Jessica Vest
CF Tory Lewis LF Brianna Turang


OU 1st: Chamberlain walked; Casey sacrificed; Ricketts fanned; Williams at 3-2 out 4-3.
UT 1st: Gibson (who leads the Vols with 19HR, 68 rbi) down 4-3; Dotson singled past Vest at short; Chavanne, who has been the Vols leadoff hitter for much of the season and prior WCWS games, struck out; Shipman up, Dotson caught stealing.
OU 2nd: Pendley at 3-2 popped to catcher Akamine. Shults* looked at a third strike; Martinez slapped a single to left; Vest (.296) , who played but did not bat last night, 4-3.
UT 2nd: Shipman, second on the Vols with 11 homers, 63 rbi, singled through the hole; Akamine sacrifice; Davin flied to center, Tarango whiffed.
OU 3rd: Turang walked; Chamberlain leads the WCWS with 18 total bases, 7 more than the next player, hard single through the gap; Casey out 5-3. Ricketts clobbered a 3-run shot into the bleachers in right field.   Ellen Renfroe, who had 13 Ks last night, relieved sister Ivy. Williams flied deep to left center; Pendley broke her slump with a double to left center. Shults out 4-3.  OU 3-0.
UT 3rd: Brown, Lewis and Gibson  struck out, five for Gascoigne.
OU 4th: Martinez singled; Vest popped to the catcher; Turang whiffed; Chamberlain walked; Casey popped to the catcher.
UT 4th: Dotson fanned; Chavanne flied to center; Shipman out 4-3>
OU 5th:  Ricketts struck out; Williams out 4-3; Pendley beat out a hit to 2nd; Shults fanned.
UT 5th: Akamine struck out; Davin singled to right; Tarango fanned; Gaffin struck out.
OU 6th: Martinez grounded to 2nd; Parsons and Turang struck out.
UT 6th: Hammond struck out; Gibson flied to left; Fotson grounded to 2nd.
OU 7th:  Chamberlain tripled off the wall on left; Casey fouled out; Ricketts ground out to 1st, rbi; Oklahoma 4-0.
UT 7th: Chavanne struck out, 11 for Gascoigne; Shipman out 6-3; Overstreet took a third strike. Game ver, OU 4-0.
Oklahoma wins 2013 Womens College World Series.

*Shults makes a case in point about Sooner power.  A nationally recognized craftsman at catcher, Shults hits .286, a very respectful number on many teams, but last on a national championship team which has hitters belting at a .400 clip or higher.  We also single out Shults because of her recovery from an illness which left doubts she would ever play again.


Most Outstanding Player: Keilani Ricketts, Oklaoma
Taylor Edwards, Nebraska
Blaire Luna, Texas
Kim Bruins, Texas
Ellen Renfroe, Tennessee
Madison Shipman, Tennessee
Lauren Gibson, Tennessee
Lauren Chamberlain, Oklahoma
Keilani Ricketts, Oklahoma
Jessica Shults, Oklahoma
Calli Parsons, Oklahoma
Briana Turang, Oklahoma
Georgia Casey, Oklahoma



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