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.