|W - Stevens (8-3)||7.0||7||4||4||6||3|
|L - Tat. Edwards (6-3)||6.2||8||5||5||3||8|
|S - N/A||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|OU - Parsons||4||1||2||1||0||0|
|NU - Tat. Edwards||4||0||3||2||0||0|
|Player of the Game|
|Callie Parsons // Jr. // OF
Parsons delivered the game-winning hit as Oklahoma rallied from deficits of 3-0 and 4-3. She singled in the bottom of the seventh of a 4-4 game to drive in Whitney Ellis and give OU its first win over a ranked team this year. Parsons was 2-4 with a run scored and RBI.
NORMAN, Okla. – Saturday wasn’t the first time that junior Callie Parsons had been in a high-pressure situation before. Go back to June of last year and it was Parsons who delivered the game-tying double to cap the Sooners’ three-run comeback in the 11th inning of game one of the Championship Series Women’s College World Series against Tennessee.
While Saturday’s scenario paled in comparison to that night in Oklahoma City, Parsons delivered once again in a clutch spot for the Sooners (13-5) in a 5-4 win in game one of a doubleheader against No. 16/15 Nebraska (11-6).
Oklahoma found itself down 4-3 to the Cornhuskers going into the bottom of the seventh but junior Georgia Casey gave OU life with a one-out double. Sophomore Whitney Ellis knotted the game up 4-4 when she followed with a double over the head of left fielder Austen Urness. The throw from Urness came all the way into home, enabling Ellis to take third.
A comebacker back to the pitcher put the Sooners down to their final out. Parsons stepped in and fell behind 1-2 in the count, but she went the opposite way and singled through the left side to score Ellis and give the Sooners their first win over ranked team in five attempts this season.
The win, No. 1500 in OU’s illustrious history, also extended the Sooners winning streak to 16 games dating back to last season, the fifth-longest streak in program history.
It wasn’t an easy win by any means as the Sooners had to rally twice to overcome the Huskers.
Nebraska jumped out in the first inning and took a 3-0 lead behind RBI singles from Tatum Edwards and Dawna Tyson and a bases-loaded walk to Kat Woolman.
After surrendering the three runs on three hits and walks, OU starter Kelsey Stevens settled in and did well to keep the Huskers in check in over the next three innings. Between the second and fourth innings, Stevens gave up just two hits and enabled the Sooners to get back into it in the bottom of the fourth.
With one out, Parsons dropped a double into right center. A single from senior Brittany Williams then moved Parsons to third. Sophomore Kady Self replaced Williams at first base and promptly stole second base. OU then got on the board as Edwards, the Nebraska starter, threw a wild pitch to move both runners up.
Sophomore Erin Miller brought the deficit to just one run when she doubled to left center. Edwards, who kept the Sooners in check for the first three innings, lost her control after Miller’s double and walked the next three batters, including a bases-loaded walk to Casey.
Two scoreless innings passed before Nebraska took a brief lead in the top of the seventh as Edwards singled to drive in her second run of the game. All that did though was set the stage for Parsons’ heroics.
Stevens got the win for Oklahoma, improving to 8-3 on the year. She allowed four runs on seven hits and six walks while striking out three.