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May 20, 2013

OU's dominant victory a shining example of how tough Sooners are in softball

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NORMAN — Now, pretend Geile made the catch and Chamberlain never came to the plate that inning. Heck, pretend Chamberlain struck out when she would have come to the plate in the fourth.

Do that and you’d still have to deal with conference player of the year Shelby Pendley, who led off the fourth inning with a line shot home run to right-center field that was about four feet taller than the fence from the moment it left the bat to the moment it left the diamond.

Or, pretend Pendley never even transferred from Arizona.

If she never transferred, maybe Javen Henson gets many more than 41 at-bats this season and maybe she finds a rhythm and is hitting north of .300 than the .146 number she entered the regional carrying. It all seemed plenty possible Sunday, when Henson came off the bench to go 2 for 2 with a home run and two RBIs.

All of which is to say nothing of Brianna Turang, who’s hitting over .400 from the nine-hole, and nothing of Destinee Martinez, who’s hitting .364 in the seven-hole.

The Sooners come at you in waves and nobody should understand that any better than Arkansas.

“They’re awfully tough,” Arkansas coach Mike Larabee said. “They’ve got a great lineup.”

Chamberlain, who has hit a home run virtually every other game this season, slugging better than 1.000 and reaching base better than six of every 10 times she steps to the plate, was asked if it occurs to her just how hard her team is to beat?

“I think we know how strong the rest of our teammates are,” she said. “Like, for me, I know Georgia (Casey) is behind me and I know that Bri (Turang) is in front of me. I think we know that and I think we feed off each other well.”

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