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WCWS notebook: OU's Callie Parsons enters history book

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.
by Scott Wright and Jacob Unruh and Trent Shadid Published: May 31, 2014
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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.

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by Scott Wright
Reporter
A lifelong resident of the Oklahoma City metro area, Scott Wright has been on The Oklahoman staff since 2005, covering a little bit of everything on the state's sports scene. He has been a beat writer for football and basketball at Oklahoma and...
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by Jacob Unruh
Reporter
Jacob Unruh is a graduate of Northeastern State University. He was born in Cherokee and raised near Vera where he attended Caney Valley High School.During his tenure at NSU, Unruh wrote for The Northeastern (NSU's student newspaper), the...
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by Trent Shadid
Copy Editor
Trent Shadid is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma. He was born and raised in Weatherford, Okla., and attended Weatherford High School. Before joining The Oklahoman, he spent two seasons as an assistant wrestling coach at Weatherford High...
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