OKLAHOMA CITY —Lauren Chamberlain and Keilani Ricketts homered, speedster Brianna Turang scored twice and the top-seeded Oklahoma Sooners beat No. 11-ranked 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 Huskies starter Kaitlin Inglesby (23-9) threw her next pitch too high for catcher Shawna Wright to handle even after Wright 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.
Washington’s 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 Huskies (45-17) cut their deficit to 4-2 on Shelby Pendley’s throwing error.
The Sooners (55-4) and Tennessee will open the best-of-three finals series Monday night.
The Huskies kept their College World Series finals hopes alive by defeating Michigan earlier Sunday.
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 beat the Wolverines, 4-1, in a WCWS elimination game.
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 from Steilacoom High scored to make it 2-1.
Lahners tacked on an RBI double, and Whitney Jones had a run-scoring groundout to extend the lead for the Huskies, who won the WCWS in 2009.
Bryana Walker (20-7) pitched a four-hitter.
“You can’t keep a good team down very long,” said Huskies coach Heather Tarr, whose team was shut out by Tennessee a day earlier and had scored only seven runs in its previous four games.
“For us to be able to find the ways to stay in the games that we were staying in, to be able to win them, I think that says a lot about our team. It was just only a matter of time for our team to be able to have a big, four-run inning.”
Jaclyn Crummey had an RBI infield single in the fifth for No. 8 seed Michigan (51-13), which didn’t get done with its previous game until 12:28 a.m. (PDT).
“When you’re in the World Series, I don’t really think that sleep matters. I think sleep is overrated,” Romero said of her team’s 2-0 victory over Michigan in the final game of Saturday’s four-game session. “Whatever it takes, you’re going to do it. I think we did a great job last night and I think we fought really hard today, so I’m happy with it.”
Romero was charged with an error when she went deep into the hole to track down the re-directed grounder.
She then hustled to cover second base and was called for obstruction for preventing Souza from going to third after the ball had trickled away.