Oklahoma’s softball team got a big hit early and a big one late to beat Louisiana-Lafayette 3-1 in an elimination game of the Women’s College World Series on Saturday afternoon at ASA Hall of Fame Stadium in Oklahoma City.
Brittany Williams gave the Sooners an early spark with a 2-run double to center field, scoring Lauren Chamberlain who had reached on an error, and Shelby Pendley who had walked.
The score stayed 2-0 until the bottom of the 6th inning when Callie Parsons blooped one down the left field line.
ULL left fielder Shelbi Redfearn tried to make a diving catch, but fell short, and the ball rolled to the left field corner.
Parsons never hesitated, rounding the bases for an inside-the-park home run to make it 3-0.
It was Parsons’ first career home run, and just the second inside-the-park home run in WCWS history.
Andrea Duran of UCLA hit the first one in 2006.
Louisiana-Lafayette tried to rally in the top of the 7th, with Lexie Elkins hitting a solo home run to make it 3-1.
The Ragin’ Cajuns could not score again, though, as OU pitcher Kelsey Stevens finished off the game to earn her 38th win of the season, breaking the school record for pitching wins in a season held by Jennifer Stewart, Lauren Eckermann, and Keilani Ricketts.
Stevens struck out seven and allowed six hits.
OU eliminated UL-Lafayette, and advanced to play Oregon in an elimination game set for 8:30 on Saturday night.