The listing in the WCWS record book for inside-the-park home runs just doubled in size.
Before Saturday, there had only been one in-the-park homer in the WCWS, by UCLA’s Andrea Duran against Texas on June 3, 2006. Now Oklahoma center fielder Callie Parsons has added her name to the list.
Parsons hit a sinking line drive down the left-field line in the sixth inning against Louisiana-Lafayette on Saturday afternoon. It bounced past the diving left fielder and rolled to the fence as Parsons circled the bases — the first career home run for the junior from Pryor.
“I was trying to take my hacks,” Parsons said. “As soon as I saw she had missed the ball, I took off running. I saw her running back to get it, and I looked at Coach and she was telling me to go all the way.”
STEVENS SETS OU WINS RECORD
Oklahoma pitcher Kelsey Stevens set a new school record for wins in a season with her 38th of the season in the Sooners’ 3-1 victory over Louisiana-Lafayette on Saturday.
The sophomore threw a complete game against the Ragin’ Cajuns, striking out seven and surrendering six hits as she improved to 38-9 on the year.
Stevens, an Albuquerque, N.M., native, joined the Sooners this year after transferring from Stanford where she earned All-Pac-12 Freshman Team honors last season.
She surpassed the previous record set by former national player of the year Keilani Ricketts in 2012.
ALL OR NOTHING FOR ELKINS
Louisiana-Lafayette catcher Lexie Elkins finished with a rather impressive stat line for the NCAA Tournament.
The junior had six hits in seven games, all home runs. Elkins had two homers at the WCWS. She hit a first-inning home run against Kentucky on Thursday that was ULL’s only hit of the game.
She hit another against Oklahoma on Saturday that gave the Ragin’ Cajuns their only run in a 3-1 defeat. Her 24 home runs is tied for second-most nationally.
FSU’S WALDROP FALTERS IN CIRCLE
Florida State junior pitcher and national player of the year Lacey Waldrop struggled in her two pitching performances during the tournament.
She failed to get out of the sixth inning Thursday in a 3-0 loss to Oregon.
Saturday’s start was even shorter in a 7-2 loss to Baylor that ended the Seminoles’ season, as she went just four innings and allowed five runs.
“I have to credit Oregon,” Baylor coach Glenn Moore said. “I thought they had a great approach versus Waldrop; staying patient and making her come over the plate a little more.”
Waldrop entered Saturday with a 1.07 earned-run average and 38-6 record.
“She is not the national player of the year for no reason,” Baylor’s Linsey Hays said. “She kept us guessing, we stayed aggressive at the plate and we were patient and hit our pitches. I think that really made the difference.”
KAY WOWS CROWD WITH ANTHEM
Just days after wowing the crowd before Game 4 of the NBA’s Western Conference Finals with the “National Anthem,” 10-year-old Olivia Kay got a rousing ovation following another performance to open Saturday’s night session.
Kay recently surprised TNT’s NBA crew with a performance of Adele’s “Rolling in the Deep” on the postgame show, catching national attention. She is an Edmond native
Also, Oklahoma City mayor Mick Cornett threw out the first pitch before the morning session.