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OU’s Paige Parker Named National Freshman of the Year

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Oklahoma pitcher Paige Parker was named the National Freshman of the Year by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association on Tuesday night, May 26.

Parker wins the inaugural award after a season in which she went 28-7 with a 1.65 earned run average, leading the Sooners to a super regional, where they fell one win short of the Women’s College World Series.

In 217 innings pitched, she struck out 224, and walked just 57.

Parker also became just the third pitcher in NCAA history to throw four perfect games in one season, and the first freshman to do so.

Parker was also potent at the plate, hitting .394 with nine home runs and 43 RBI’s.

Parker was named first team All-Central Region, firsr team All-Big 12, and was the Big 12 Pitcher of the Year and Big 12 co-Freshman of the Year.

She’s expected to be named an NFCA All-American when those teams are announced on Wednesday, May 27.

The other two finalists for the award, Oregon’s Jenna Lilley and Alabama’s Alexis Osorio,  are both playing in the Women’s College World Series, which begins Thursday at ASA Hall of Fame Stadium in Oklahoma City.