June 4, 2013
In the first game of the 2013 WCWS championship series, top-seeded Oklahoma (56-4) defeated No. 7 seed Tennessee (52-11), 5-3, in 12 innings to take a 1-0 lead in the best-of-three series.
The 12-inning contest marked the longest WCWS championship game or championship series game since 1984 when UCLA beat Texas A&M, 1-0, in 13 innings to win the title.
The win for Oklahoma was its first against Tennessee in four tries. The teams last met in 2010, with the Lady Vols taking a 4-2 victory.
Oklahoma improved to 2-0 in extra-inning games this year, while Tennessee fell to 2-3.
The contest was the longest in OU postseason history and the longest game in UT program history.
The Sooners won the game on a two-run walk off home run by sophomore Lauren Chamberlain in the 12th inning. It was her 30th home run of the season, making her the second player in NCAA history to reach that plateau twice (she hit 30 last year also). Chamberlain, who also doubled in the third inning, has hit safely in 15 straight games, a career-long streak. She leads the 2013 WCWS with 18 total bases (in just four games), which is seven more than the next highest total. She has three homers in this year's WCWS.
The game was scoreless through 10 innings before Tennessee junior Madison Shipman sent a three-run home run over the centerfield fence in the top of the 11th inning. It was her 11th homer of the season and her first since May 19 against N.C. State.
In the bottom of the 11th inning, junior Brittany Williams doubled with one out to score OU senior Keilani Ricketts from second base. Junior Destinee Martinez added a two-out RBI-triple, cutting the deficit to 3-2. The triple was the third for the Sooners in the WCWS after entering the tournament with just one on the season. Callie Parsons, the next batter, plated Williams with an RBI-double to tie the game.
The Sooners have fallen behind three times in four WCWS games. Each time have responded with at least three runs in the next half inning and never trailed again.
OU is now 54-0 this season when scoring three or more runs in a game.
Both pitchers (Tennessee junior Ellen Renfroe and Ricketts) pitched complete games, marking career-long outings for each of them.
Ricketts allowed five hits and six walks. With 13 strikeouts, she recorded her 16th double-digit strikeout performance of the year and her third in this year's WCWS.
Renfroe gave up 10 hits and walked three batters while striking out 13.
Tonight's attendance of 8,300 set a Session 7 record and brought this year's total to 62,156 (average of 8,879), which is ahead of last year's then-record 60,761 through the same number of sessions (average of 8,680).
Game 2 of the WCWS championship series is slated for Tuesday, with an if-necessary Game 3 scheduled for Wednesday. Both are slated for 7 p.m. CT starts and will air on ESPN.