Oklahoma softball: Paige Parker knocks over Royals catcher

Good luck catching Oklahoma pitcher Paige Parker More

That's just what life has been like of late for Oklahoma's junior left-hander Paige Parker.

Parker was practicing last week before throwing the first pitch at the June 20 game the Royals hosted against the Red Sox.

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According to soonersports.com, Parker said she nervous and excited and didn't know what to expect, but it was Royals catcher, Drew Butera who was almost knocked down by her pitch.

"They were pretty shocked about how much my ball moved", Parker told Sooner Sports. I think they were especially fascinated by my rise ball because they never see that.

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Parker let Butera off the hook for the first pitch, a fastball that dissected the plate, for the game's first pitch. "Drew had a hard time catching some of my rise balls, which was pretty amusing". "I think it's like a childhood dream come true to get to meet the players".

The Sooners ace is making a name for herself as one of college softball's best pitchers - this past season, she pitched to a record of 26-5 with a 1.43 ERA.

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To his credit, Butera didn't shy away from his praise for Parker and that gravity-defying rise ball: "It was awesome to experience that", he wrote on Twitter.

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