Oklahoma women's softball went 47-4 in the regular season. The Sooners proceeded to win their next 10 games in the 2013 NCAA softball tournament to cap off a dominant season.
Oklahoma, the No. 1 team in the nation, backed up its ranking on Tuesday against No. 9 Tennessee, posting a 4-0 victory after a 5-3 victory in 12 innings over the Volunteeers on Sunday. It left no doubt that this was the Sooners' year to shine.
In the 4-0 win, starter Michelle Gascoigne was absolutely dominant, posting 12 strikeouts while allowing just three singles. Keilani Ricketts added a three-run homer in the third inning, which turned out to be all the Sooners needed.
But while Oklahoma displayed its dominance with a smooth-sailing victory on Tuesday, the squad displayed it in an entirely different way on Monday. That is, the Sooners won a nail-biter, persevering down the stretch, despite trailing in the bottom of the 11th inning, 3-0.
After Tennessee scored three runs in the top of the frame on Monday, it appeared the Volunteers may just upset the Sooners. But the Sooners fought back, tying it up with three runs, courtesy of a double by Brittany Williams, a triple by Destinee Martinez and a double by Callie Parsons.
Then, in the bottom of the 12th, Lauren Chamberlain blasted a two-run homer that stunned the Volunteers.
The Sooners got some props from Jay Norvell, co-offensive coordinator for Oklahoma football, after the game:
The OU Softball team is Oklahoma Strong! So proud of this team! Congrats, Very deserving National Champs! http://t.co/Q2dkv17RE9— Jay Norvell (@CoachJayNorvell) June 5, 2013
Sports broadcaster and former Florida softball player Jenn Brown also gave Oklahoma some love:
Everything about Oklahoma's 2012-13 campaign screamed "powerhouse."
Will Oklahoma win the title next season?
Headed into the NCAA tournament, the Sooners ranked first in the nation in runs, first in slugging percentage, third in batting average, first in ERA and sixth in fielding percentage, via NCAA.com.
The Sooners proceeded to outscore their opponents in the tournament, 91-16. The most runs they allowed in a single game was five. The most they scored? Try 17 to open the tournament.
This was Oklahoma's first championship since 2000, and, boy, did the Sooners earn it.