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Softball: Timely Hitting Carries Oklahoma Past Ragin’ Cajuns In WCWS, 3-1

TIMELY HITTING LEADS OKLAHOMA PAST RAGIN’ CAJUNS IN WCWS, 3-1

 

 

OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – Oklahoma’s Brittany Williams drove in a pair of runs with a first-inning double and Callie Parson added a two-out, inside-the-park home run in the sixth inning to lift the No. 7-seeded Sooners to a 3-1 victory over Louisiana-Lafayette in an elimination game before an announced crowd of 9,192 on Saturday at ASA Hall of Fame Stadium/ OGE Energy Field.

 

 

Kelsey Stevens scattered six hits and got out of three potential scoring jams as Oklahoma (51-12), the defending national champion, advanced to face top-seeded Oregon in Saturday’s late game. Louisiana, making its sixth trip to the Women’s College World Series and first since 2008, ended its season at 49-10-1.

 

 

Oklahoma took a 2-0 lead in the first inning after Lauren Chamberlin reached on a one-out error. Following a walk to Shelby Pendley, Williams laced a double to center-field off starter Christina Hamilton (29-4) to plate both runs.

 

 

The Ragin’ Cajuns, who stranded 11 runners on base, threatened in the third inning after Natalie Fernandez and Hayley Hayden reached on a pair of one-out singles and Lexie Elkins was hit by a pitch to load the bases. But Stevens (38-9) got of the inning as she got Samantha Walsh to look at a called third strike before getting Shellie Landry to ground out to short.

 

 

Louisiana again threatened in the fifth inning after Fernandez and Hayden each collected singles to put a runner in scoring position. But Stevens halted the Cajuns threat as she got Elkins to pop up, fanned Walsh and got Landry to hit into a fielder’s choice to third.

 

 

Oklahoma added an insurance run in the sixth inning after Hamilton induced an infield pop-up and caught Erin Miller looking at a third strike. Parson, who was homerless in 168 career at-bats entering the WCWS, laced a hit down the left-field line that fell in front of diving Shelbi Redfearn and rolled to the wall to give the Sooners a 3-0 lead.

 

 

Louisiana would not go down quietly in the seventh as Elkins belted a one-out home run to right-center field, her 24th home run of the season to cut the lead to 3-1. Walsh followed with a single to left that brought up the tying run to the plate, but Stevens got an infield popup and a ground out to preserve the win for the Sooners.

 

 

Elkins’ home run, her 24th of the season,  tied her with Florida State’s Maddie O’Brien for the second-most in Division I in 2014 and moved her past former Ragin’ Cajuns Christi Orgeron (2011) and Holly Tankersley (2008) into second-place on the school’s single-season all-time list.

 

 

Hamilton, a junior who was named to the NFCA All-America team on Wednesday, scattered four hits and fanned two in notching her 23rd complete game of the season. Fernandez, one of two seniors on a team that featured 10 sophomores and 11 freshmen, went 2-for-4 in her final game in a Ragin’ Cajuns uniform and finished her career as the school’s second-leading hitter with a .395 career average (253-for-641).

 

 

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