OKLAHOMA CITY – Lauren Chamberlain and Keilani Ricketts homered, speedster Brianna Turang scored twice and top-seeded Oklahoma beat Washington 6-2 on Sunday night to reach the finals of the Women’s College World Series.
Turang tripled to lead off the third inning and scored when Kaitlin Inglesby (23-9) threw her next pitch too high for catcher Shawna Wright to handle even after she stood up. Chamberlain hit her 29th home run two pitches later, and Ricketts tacked on a drive into the bleachers in right-center field to make it 3-0.
Kylee Lahners broke up a no-hit bid by Ricketts (34-1) by hitting the national player of the year’s first pitch of the fifth inning over the center-field fence. The 11th-seeded Huskies (45-17) got to 4-2 on Shelby Pendley’s throwing error.
The Sooners (55-4) and Tennessee will open the best-of-three finals series tonight.
Earlier Sunday, Kimberlee Souza’s infield single in the sixth inning ended up bringing in the go-ahead run when it was misplayed by Michigan, and Washington beat the Wolverines 4-1 in an elimination game.
Kylee Lahners tacked on an RBI double and Whitney Jones had a run-scoring groundout to extend the lead for the Huskies.
Tennessee 2, Texas 1: Lauren Gibson hit a solo home run in the first inning, Tennessee’s Renfroe sisters combined on a five-hitter and the Lady Vols reached the finals for the second time.
Blaire Luna (31-7) struck out 12 in her second complete game of the day for fourth-seeded Texas (51-10). She forced in a run in the sixth when she hit Cheyanne Tarango with a pitch and issued three walks.
Pinch-hitter Lindsey Stephens led off the seventh by homering to center field off of Ellen Renfroe, who had relieved older sister Ivy Renfroe (22-4) to get out of a jam in the fifth.
Seventh-seeded Tennessee (52-10) was beaten in three games by Arizona in 2007.