Women's College World Series: Oklahoma, Tennessee battle for championship

2013-06-03T00:00:00Z 2013-06-03T00:12:01Z Women's College World Series: Oklahoma, Tennessee battle for championshipThe Associated Press The Associated Press
June 03, 2013 12:00 am  • 

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-3 finals series tonight.

• 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 Women's College World Series finals by eliminating Texas on Sunday night.

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.

Seventh-seeded Tennessee (52-10) is in the finals for the second time. The Lady Vols were beaten in three games by Arizona in 2007, winning Game 1 before Monica Abbott took a shutout into extra innings in a Game 2 loss.

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.

• Washington 4, Michigan 1: 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 eliminated the Wolverines

Souza's grounder deflected off of Michigan pitcher Sara Driesenga (31-9), and shortstop Sierra Romero threw home too late to catch Victoria Hayward at the plate. Catcher Lauren Sweet then fired to second to try to keep Souza from advancing, but Romero dropped the throw and pinch-runner Marki Creger-Zier scored to make it 2-1.

• Texas 3, Florida 0: The Florida Gators had to go up against NCAA strikeout leader Blaire Luna, who struck out 14 in a one-hit shutout, Kim Bruins hit a three-run home run and Texas eliminated Florida.

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