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Oklahoma scene: Former Alabama star pitcher joins OSU softball staff

Kelsi Dunne helped Crimson Tide reach Women's College World Series in Oklahoma City in 2008, 2009 and 2011
From Staff Reports Published: September 5, 2012

Former Alabama softball star Kelsi Dunne was named pitching coach at Oklahoma State. The four-time All-American helped Alabama to three Women's College World Series appearances (2008, 2009, 2011) in Oklahoma City. She spent last season as a volunteer assistant coach at Mississippi State, developing pitching plans.

Mississippi State coach Vann Stuedeman said Dunne was instrumental in lowering the team's earned run average by two runs per game compared to the 2011 season.

Dunne replaces Clarisa Crowell, who left Oklahoma State in August for the head coach position at Miami-Ohio.


Oklahoma City University has produced some of the top catchers in small college softball. On Wednesday, Kylee Rounsaville joined the list of greats, when she was named NAIA Catcher of the Year by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association.

Rounsaville, a sophomore from Yukon, batted .384 with 50 RBIs and 12 homers last spring. She threw out seven base stealers and owned a .990 field percentage for the NAIA runner-up. Rounsaville was named first-team All-American shortly after the season. Cat Calvert (2005), Erin Slettvet (2009) and Jill Vaughn (2003) are former OCU catchers to win the award. Nathalie Timmermans, another former OCU backstop, won the NCAA Division II Catcher of the Year award while completing her collegiate career at Central Oklahoma.