Oklahoman Published: May 31, 2010
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Kelli Braitsch
→Then: The brash freshman from Broken Arrow played shortstop with flair. She was named to the All-WCWS team after holding down the left side of the infield with fellow freshman Leah Gulla and driving in an insurance run in the title game.

→Since then: Braitsch added to her defensive prowess by becoming one of the Sooners' most feared hitters. She played on three more Women's College World Series teams and became a first-team All-American and Big 12 player of the year.

→Now: She has been a police officer in Tulsa since 2006.

→Memories of 2000: "My favorite memory of the national championship was when we walked down (into the stadium) from the upper field. We were about halfway around the field, and I heard a chant begin. The entire stands — minus the 84 UCLA parents and fans — were chanting, 'O-U!' I was in such awe of it because we were nobodies. It gave me goose bumps in the 100-degree heat.”



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