Oklahoma’s Keilani Ricketts has been named the 2013 USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year by the Amateur Softball Association. The senior becomes just the third player in the award’s history to claim the honor twice.
The 2013 Big 12 Conference Pitcher of the Year, Ricketts currently ranks eighth in the country with a 1.22 ERA, seventh with 311 strikeouts and second with 16 shutouts. The lefthander holds a 31-1 record on the year and helped the Sooners to their tenth Big 12 Conference Championship. Ricketts’ 1,566 career strikeouts currently ranks 11th all-time nationally and second in conference history.
From the plate, Ricketts holds a .375 batting average, .706 slugging percentage and has 13 home runs. Behind their senior leader, the Oklahoma Sooners held first place in all 14 regular season ESPN.com/USA Softball Collegiate Top 25 Polls this year.
The award, which is considered the most prestigious honor in Division I women’s softball, is designed to recognize outstanding athletic achievement by female collegiate softball players across the country. Ricketts, also the 2012 award winner, helped lead the Oklahoma Sooners to their third straight NCAA Women’s College World Series (WCWS) appearance this season.
The USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year award is voted on by coaching representatives from 11 Division I Conferences in the 15 ASA Regions as well as members of the media who consistently cover Division I Softball across the country, and previous Player of the Year recipients.