NORMAN, Okla. -- A few days before the season started, long-time Oklahoma softball coach Patty Gasso said Lauren Chamberlain is the best hitter she's ever seen.
Quite a compliment, considering the Sooners have Keilani Ricketts on the team.
Chamberlain is an accomplished hitter, but Ricketts is the best player in softball and the kind of rarity who has a chance to grow the game and transcend the sport.
"I think she's already done that somewhat," said Gasso of Ricketts. "She's recognized wherever she goes, and in the softball world, she's a superstar, so she's done that. Keilani will probably represent some company as she goes on. I don't think she will go pro because she's hoping to play in the Olympics. She might be a superstar in Japan. That's where you'll see her make a lot of money."
The future seems full of potential, money and prizes for Ricketts, who heads into her senior season as the best combination of hitting and pitching in the nation for an Oklahoma team t...