OKLAHOMA CITY – Lauren Chamberlain hit a two-run home run down the left-field line in the bottom of the 12th inning, lifting top-seeded Oklahoma to a 5-3 win against Tennessee on Monday night in Game 1 of the Women’s College World Series finals.
Chamberlain followed Brianna Turang’s leadoff double by smashing a high drive that soared over the foul pole for her 30th home run of the season, tying for the NCAA lead.
Game 2 of the best-of-three championship series is tonight.
The Sooners capitalized on a dropped pop-up to rally from three runs down in the 11th after Tennessee’s Madison Shipman broke a scoreless tie with a three-run home run off of national player of the year Keilani Ricketts (35-1).
Ellen Renfroe (19-5) was able to match Ricketts until the end, striking out 13 for seventh-seeded Tennessee (52-11).