Okla. softball knocks out Ark., 14-1, to advance
NORMAN, Okla. (AP) - Lauren Chamberlain scored three runs and hit a three-run homer Sunday to help Oklahoma to a 14-1 victory over Arkansas to win the Norman Regional.
Oklahoma (50-4) advances to a Super Regional and will meet the winner of the Texas A&M-Baylor championship in the College Station Regional.
Shelby Pendley was 2 of 4 with 3 RBIs on Sunday. Chamberlain's homer was her 27th of the season and 57th of her career.
The Sooners outscored their opponents 41-6 in going 3-0 in the Norman Regional. Chamberlain drove in 13 runs over the weekend.
Arkansas (36-20) committed four errors in Sunday's game, leading to nine unearned runs.
Arkansas readies for SEC Tournament in Hoover
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) - Arkansas lost 2 of 3 games at Auburn over the weekend, but the Razorbacks still claimed the third seed for the Southeastern Conference tournament.
The Razorbacks get a first-round bye Tuesday and will play Wednesday in the early game at Hoover, Ala. First pitch is set for 9:30 a.m.
Arkansas is to play the winner of Tuesday's Ole Miss-Kentucky game.
Vanderbilt claimed the top seed in the tournament, and LSU is the second seed.
Arkansas finished the regular season at 35-19 overall, 18-11 in the SEC.
For the first time since the 2004 season, the Razorbacks won 7 of 10 conference series.
Drillers keep Naturals bats in check, win 7-1
SPRINGDALE, Ark. (AP) - Tulsa pitcher Christian Bergman gave up a first-inning solo home run but then kept the Arkansas Naturals' bats quiet for seven innings in a 7-1 victory Sunday.
Including the home run by Brett Eibner, Bergman allowed five hits while striking out three at Arvest Ballpark.
Bergman picked up his third victory of the season and lowered his ERA to 3.02.
Drillers' catcher Jose Gonzalez answered Eibner's homer with a two-run shot in the second. Tulsa added runs in the third and fifth innings. In the fifth, a Naturals' error led to another run crossing and Tulsa led 4-1.
Kent Matthes went 3 for 5 with a double and three RBIs.
The teams return to action Monday with an 11 a.m. first pitch.
Spurs rout Grizzlies 105-83 in West finals opener
SAN ANTONIO (AP) - Tony Parker had 20 points and nine assists, Kawhi Leonard scored 18 points and the San Antonio Spurs struck first in the Western Conference finals by beating the Memphis Grizzlies 105-83 on Sunday.
The Spurs avoided a repeat of their Game 1 loss from when the teams met two years ago in the first round. The Grizzlies went on to knock San Antonio out of the playoffs as the top seed that time.
San Antonio raced out to a 17-point lead in the first quarter, then came up with a response when Memphis rallied to get within six in the second half. Both teams pulled their starters with over 5 minutes left and the Spurs leading by 21.
Game 2 is Tuesday night in San Antonio.
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