Missouri and Oklahoma Lead Big 12 Softball Postseason Awards
Courtesy: Big12Sports.com
          Release: 05/15/2012
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As the 2012 Big 12 softball regular season comes to a close, the league office has announced the winners of this year's postseason honors.

Oklahoma took home three yearly awards as Patty Gasso was named Coach of the Year for the fifth time. Keilani Ricketts garnered Player of the Year accolades and Lauren Chamberlain nabbed the Freshman of the Year distinction. Ricketts and Chamberlain were unanimous picks.

Missouri tallied the remaining postseason awards as Chelsea Thomas was named Pitcher of the Year for the second-straight season and Corrin Genovese grabbed Defensive Player of the Year honors.

In her 18th year at the helm of the Sooner program, Gasso received her first Coach of the Year honor since 2009. Her five accolades overall are the most by any league coach. She led her squad to its ninth overall Big 12 crown this season, garnering her 1,000th career coaching victory in the process. OU has been in the top 10 in the nation throughout the season.

Ricketts became the seventh Sooner to earn the Player of the Year award. The three-time first-team honoree led OU in the circle with 28 wins and also contributed in the batter's box, boasting a team-best .400 batting average. The Californian also finished second on the squad in slugging percentage (.823) and topped the league in on-base percentage (.561). The southpaw has recorded 1,142 strikeouts during her three years at OU, putting her fourth on the Big 12 career list. Ricketts is also a top 10 finalist for the USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year award.

Thomas becomes the second player in league history to be named Pitcher of the Year for two consecutive seasons (Cat Osterman, UT, 02-03, 05-06). The Tiger ace broke Mizzou's 29-year-old record for strikouets in a career as she has accumulated 898 Ks, 262 this season alone. The junior has recorded 37 shutouts throughout her career, third-best on the Big 12 all-time list. Thomas finished the regular season with 23 wins and three saves with an 1.07 ERA.

Chamberlain has had a record-breaking inaugural year at Oklahoma as the freshman broke the Big 12 single-season record for home runs with 25. In league games, Chamberlain led all schools in slugging percentage (.949), hits (27) and total bases (74). She was second in batting average (.385), RBI (25) and runs scored (23).

Genovese is the second Tiger to win Defensive Player of the Year honors after a solid freshman season. The second baseman started in all but one game in 2012. During conference action, she recorded 37 putouts and 51 assists while turning two double plays from the middle infield. The East Amherst, N.Y.-native ended the regular season with a .978 fielding percentage and only two errors during league play.

Along with the yearly awards, the All-Big 12 Teams were announced. Texas A&M nabbed the most honorees of any institution as seven Aggies (three first-team) were named to both first and second teams. Missouri and Texas had six selections apiece, while Oklahoma tallied five. A total of four Red Raiders were named to the squads, while Baylor, Kansas and Oklahoma State each had three student-athletes selected to the teams. Iowa State rounded out the honorees with one.

All-Big 12 and postseason honors are selected in a vote by the league's head coaches, who are not allowed to vote for their own players.

Coach of the Year
Patty Gasso, Oklahoma

Player of the Year
Keilani Ricketts, Oklahoma, LHP

Pitcher of the Year
Chelsea Thomas, Missouri, RHP

Freshman of the Year
Lauren Chamberlain, Oklahoma, INF

Defensive Player of the Year
Corrin Genovese, Missouri, INF

All-Big 12 First Team
Holly Holl, Baylor, So. INF
Maggie Hull, Kansas, Jr., OF
Erica Miller, Iowa State, Jr., INF
Ashley Fleming, Missouri, Sr., OF
Mackenzie Sykes, Missouri, So., UT
Chelsea Thomas, Missouri, Jr., P
Georgia Casey, Oklahoma, Fr., INF
Lauren Chamberlain, Oklahoma, Fr., INF
Keilani Ricketts, Oklahoma, Jr., P/DP
Jessica Shults, Oklahoma, Jr., C
Lexy Bennett, Texas, Sr., INF
Courtney Craig, Texas, Sr., OF
Taylor Hoagland, Texas, Jr., OF/INF
Torie Schmidt, Texas, Jr., OF
Nadia Taylor, Texas, Sr., INF
Mel Dumezich, Texas A&M, Jr., P/UT
Nicole Morgan, Texas A&M, So., INF
Cassie Tysarczyk, Texas A&M, So., OF
Mikey Kenney, Texas Tech, Jr., OF

All-Big 12 Second Team
Kathy Shelton, Baylor, Jr., UT
Kayce Walker, Baylor, Sr. OF
Chanin Naudin, Kansas, Fr., INF
Maddie Stein, Kansas, Fr., INF/UT
Nicole Hudson, Missouri, Jr., INF/OF
Jenna Marston, Missouri, Jr., C/OF
Kelsea Roth, Missouri, Fr., INF
Destinee Martinez, Oklahoma, So., OF
Tamara Brown, Oklahoma State, Jr, OF
Shelby Davis, Oklahoma State, Fr, OF
Chelsea Garcia, Oklahoma State, Sr, INF
Blaire Luna, Texas, Jr., P
Emily Albus, Texas A&M, So., OF
Meagan May, Texas A&M, Jr., C
Natalie Villarreal, Texas A&M, Sr., INF
Brittany Walker, Texas A&M, Jr., INF
Emily Bledsoe, Texas Tech, Sr., INF
Sandy James, Texas Tech, Jr., INF
Adriana Perez, Texas Tech, Jr., UT

 

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