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.
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.
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.”