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Oklahoma’s Shay Knighten emerges as heroine in Women’s College World Series

(The Undefeated)
When the greatest home run hitter in NCAA softball history calls you “one of the best hitters” she’s ever seen, you gotta be doing something right.
In the top of the 17th inning of Game 1 of the Women’s College World Series (WCWS) between No. 10 Oklahoma and No. 1 Florida, Shay Knighten cranked a three-run home run to give the Sooners a 7-4 lead. The blast to left field ultimately proved to be the difference for Oklahoma, which claimed a 7-5 win in the longest game in championship round history.
Knighten’s heroics caught the eye of former Sooners star Lauren Chamberlain, whose 95 career home runs put her atop the all-time list in Division I softball. Chamberlain, who graduated from Oklahoma in 2015, had all the praise for the clutch-hitting sophomore first baseman:
After previously going 1-for-6 at the plate, Knighten absolutely crushed a 1-2 pitch off Florida’s Kelly Barnhill, who started the game Monday night and threw seven innings before returning to the mound in the 16th.
“I was just looking to find a pitch in the zone I could hit hard,” Knighten said. “I wasn’t looking for a particular pitch. I knew she was throwing hard, so it was just, ‘Get there.’ ”

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