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 victory over the Tennessee Volunteers 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 for her 30th home run of the season, tying for the NCAA lead.
“I really couldn’t believe it,” Chamberlain said. “It was awesome.”
Game 2 of the best-of-three championship series is tonight.
On Sunday night, Oklahoma eliminated Washington 6-2 to reach the final series.
The Sooners (56-4) capitalized on a dropped pop-up to rally from three runs down in the 11th inning after Tennessee’s Madison Shipman snapped a scoreless tie with a three-run home run off 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).
The Sooners came back in the bottom half of the 11th after second baseman Lauren Gibson dropped Ricketts’ pop-up to allow her to reach second.
Brittany Williams followed with an RBI double and Destinee Martinez had a two-out RBI triple before Callie Parsons tied the score on an RBI double. Parsons was thrown out trying to advance to third.