Patty Gasso announced Tuesday. A pitcher, Stevens will have three years of eligibility remaining beginning in the spring of 2014.
watched Kelsey since she was in high school and were impressed with her
skills,” Gasso said. “She refined those skills at Stanford and was very
tough against us when we faced her last season. We look forward to her
joining our pitching staff.
“She will be a great addition and
gives us experience in the circle, which we will need. We return a
strong offense next season, and I believe that will help enable Kelsey
to thrive and have great success with our program.”
A native of
Albuquerque, N.M., Stevens was named to the All-Pac 12 Freshman Team in
2013, going 15-7 with a 2.99 earned run average and a team-best 163
strikeouts in 136.0 innings. She made 35 appearances in the circle, 21
of which were starts, and threw 10 complete games with seven shutouts.
faced the Sooners in OU’s season opener on Feb. 8. After Oklahoma
scored five runs in the top of the first, Stevens entered in the second
inning and proceeded to strike out seven batters while limiting the
Sooners to one run and two hits over the game’s final six innings.
the second start of her career, she struck out a career-best 12 batters
against Kentucky on Feb. 10. That game against the Wildcats marked the
beginning of 36.1-innings streak where Stevens did not give up an earned
run, lasting until March 1 against Iowa. On Feb. 23, Stevens threw the
10th perfect game in Cardinal history as she struck out 10 in a win over
The National Fastpitch Coaches Association named
Stevens their Louisville Slugger/NFCA Division I National Player of the
Week on Feb. 26. In addition to her perfect game, Stevens was 3-0 with a
pair of complete game shutouts, a 0.00 ERA and 19 strikeouts in 19
innings of work. She allowed No. 13 Georgia, Virginia and No. 23 Florida
State to total just seven hits and a .115 combined batting average in
those three games.
During conference play, Stevens picked up wins
over then-No. 24 Oregon and then-No. 14 Washington, while also matching
her career high in strikeouts in a one-hitter against then-No. 12 Cal.
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