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OU softball: Lauren Chamberlain announces retirement from softball

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Lauren Chamberlain

Senior infielder Lauren Chamberlain prepares to hit one of her many home runs of the day in the Sooners game against East Carolina on Saturday at Marita Hynes Field. The Sooners beat the Pirates 11-0.

USSSA Pride infielder and legendary Sooner Lauren Chamberlain announced her retirement from professional softball Friday night on ESPN during Oklahoma's WCWS matchup against Oklahoma State.

"I am officially announcing my retirement," Chamberlain told ESPN's Holly Rowe, "and I never thought that I would say those words. But unfortunately I can only go as far as my body will let me, and it's not just letting me go any further."

The 25-year-old, a member of Oklahoma's 2013 national championship team, is the all-time NCAA career home run leader with 95. In her four years playing in National Pro Softball, Chamberlain has a .247 batting average has tallied 34 home runs and 91 RBIs. 

"Softball's been the love of my life," Chamberlain said. "Every time I played I was hoping that somebody would fall in love with the game."

The Sooners beat Oklahoma State, 6-1, and will face the winner of game 10 of the WCWS at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, June 2.

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