The Sooners did their damage with big hits. Brittany Williams’ two-run double in the first inning gave OU a 2-0 lead that stood until Callie Parsons added another in the sixth.
Parsons’ sinking line drive down the left-field line bounced past the diving left fielder and rolled to the fence as Parsons circled the bases for an inside-the-park home run — the first career homer for the junior from Pryor and just the second inside-the-park home run in WCWS history.
“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.”
OU managed just four hits off Lafayette starter Christina Hamilton (29-4), who allowed only seven hits in her two losses at the WCWS. Lafayette ended its season at 49-10-1.
Stevens gave up six hits and three walks, while striking out seven.
“We’re going to work as hard as we can to stay alive in this tournament,” Gasso said. “I think this team is going to be firing on all cylinders. Our absolute goal and mission is to be standing on this field on Sunday.”