Lauren Chamberlain hit the 91st home run of her career Thursday night to set the all-time NCAA record as No. 5 Oklahoma defeated North Texas 6-2.
The former El Toro High standout surpassed the 13-year-old record of former UCLA great Stacey Nuveman. She has 19 home runs this season.
“Man, I’m excited,” Chamberlain said. “That’s really all it is, is glory to God. Honestly, all pressure’s off now. It just felt good to get it. It was on a good swing. I made an adjustment. It was also at a time that we needed some runs. so I felt more relief that we were back in the ballgame than hitting it. But after realizing, it was cool to celebrate with my teammates. Another shoutout to my teammates for being so supportive through all this.”
The record was arguably the most meaningful offensive milestone in the sport. And even after a wait for the record breaker, six games in which Chamberlain drew 12 walks and was hit by a pitch, she broke it despite playing fewer games than any of the next 17 players on the list. She admitted the chase had been a little burdensome.
“It’s a long time coming,” Chamberlain said. “It’s been up and down, I’m not going to lie. It’s been full of some highs and lows and an emotional rollercoaster as well.”
She hit 30 homers in both her freshman and sophomore years before injuries cost her a third of her junior season.