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Chamberlain sends Oklahoma past UT in Game 1 thriller of WCWS
Oklahoma City, OK (Sports Network) - Lauren Chamberlain hit a game-winning two-run homer in the bottom of the 12th inning, as the Oklahoma Sooners battled back to down the Tennessee Lady Volunteers, 5-3, in Game 1 of the best-of-three finals for the NCAA Women's Softball title.
Tennessee starter Ellen Renfroe lasted the entire game, but allowed Oklahoma's Brianna Turang to open the 12th with a double. Chamberlain followed by taking the first pitch she saw down the left-field line and over the fence for the game-winner.
Tennessee opened the scoring in the top of the 11th on Madison Shipman's three-run homer. The Lady Vols had managed only a single hit off Sooners ace Keilani Ricketts (35-2) until Kat Dotson and Lauren Gibson each singled with one out in the 11th. Shipman then belted an 0-1 pitch from the two-time National Player of the Year over the center-field fence to give Tennessee a 3-0 lead.
Oklahoma, however, the top overall seed in this year's tournament and the runner-up to Alabama in 2012, matched Tennessee's scoring output in the home half as Callie Parsons' RBI double brought the team roaring back and tied the game at 3-3.
It was the longest game in Tennessee Lady Vols history and the longest tilt in the WCWS since a 10 inning final in 2007, with Arizona defeating Tennessee, 1-0, in Game 2 for the national title.
06/04 00:21:25 ET