For the third time this season, Oklahoma has earned both weekly softball awards as seniors Keilani Ricketts and Brianna Turang were honored as Big 12 Pitcher and Player of the week. The award is Ricketts’ fourth of the season, while Turang picks up her first award on the year.
Big 12 Player of the Week
Brianna Turang, Oklahoma, Sr., OF, Corona, Calif.
Turang was instrumental in No. 1 Oklahoma taking two of three games at No. 6 Texas last weekend. The outfielder was 6-9 in the series, part of the bottom of the lineup that was 14-28 (.500) over the weekend.
In Friday’s 6-1 win, Turang hit a chopper back up the middle that deflected off the pitcher’s glove and drove in the game’s first run in the second inning. Later, in the fifth, Turang again hit a chopped infield single to drive in a run. Turang added a walk and stolen base in the win.
After going 1-2 in Saturday’s 4-2 loss, Turang answered back on Sunday with a season-high three hits to help give OU the 5-3 win and control of their own destiny in the Big 12 title race. She singled to lead off both the second and fourth innings, and then delivered a big two-run double to the gap in left center to give OU a 4-1 lead. It ended up being the game-winning hit.
Big 12 Pitcher of the Week
Keilani Ricketts, Oklahoma, Sr., LHP, San Jose, Calif.
Ricketts recorded both wins as No. 1 Oklahoma took two of three games at No. 6 Texas last weekend. The senior set a school record with her 174th career appearance in the circle during Friday’s 6-1 win, twirled a gem as she improved to 21-1 on the year. Ricketts struck out a season-high 15 batters and allowed just one run while giving up six hits and two walks. At one point between the third and sixth innings, she retired 11 of 12 batters she faced.
The win for Ricketts came in a head-to-head matchup with fellow ace Blaire Luna. Both pitchers entered the game ranking in the top 10 in the country in earned run average, strikeouts per seven innings pitched, hits allowed per seven innings and shutouts.
In the finale, Ricketts pitched 6.1 innings to earn the win. She struck out six, walked none and allowed three runs on five hits before yielding to fellow senior Michelle Gascoigne who registered the save.
2013 Big 12 Player and Pitcher of the Week
|Feb. 12||Lauren Chamberlain, Oklahoma, So., INF||Keilani Ricketts, Oklahoma, Sr., LHP|
|Feb. 19||Taylor Thom, Texas, Jr., INF||Michelle Gascoigne, Oklahoma, Sr., LHP|
|Feb. 26||Taylor Thom, Texas, Jr., INF||Keilani Ricketts, Oklahoma, Sr., LHP|
|March 5||Linsey Hays, Baylor, Fr., OF||Blaire Luna, Texas, Sr., RHP|
|March 12||Shelby Pendley, Oklahoma, So., INF||Whitney Canion, Baylor, Jr., LHP|
|March 19||Lauren Chamberlain, Oklahoma, So., INF||Keilani Ricketts, Oklahoma, Sr., LHP|
|March 26||Kim Bruins, Texas, Sr., INF||Blaire Luna, Texas, Sr., RHP|
|April 2||Jessica Vest, Oklahoma, So., INF||Blaire Luna, Texas, Sr., RHP|
|April 9||Sarah Hawryluk, Iowa State, Jr., OF||Kelsey Kessler, Kansas, Fr., RHP|
|April 16||Shelby Pendley, Oklahoma, So., INF||Blaire Luna, Texas, Sr., RHP|
|April 23||Brianna Turang, Oklahoma, Sr., OF||Keilani Ricketts, Oklahoma, Sr., LHP|