Ricketts is the first player in OU history to earn the honor and was just the second to be named a finalist, following in the footsteps of her sister Samantha in 2007. She becomes the second Big 12 student-athlete to garner the award, joining three-time winner Cat Osterman (2003, ‘05, ‘06).
The award, which is considered the most prestigious honor in Division I women's collegiate softball, is designed to recognize outstanding athletic achievement by female collegiate softball players across the country.
The unanimous Big 12 Player of the Year, Ricketts is the only player among the three finalists to lead her team in both pitching and hitting. From the plate, the junior currently ranks 11th in the country with an on-base percentage of .558 and 13th with a .841 slugging percentage. The Sooner is eighth nationally with 49 walks.
In the circle, she ranks fifth in the NCAA with a 0.99 ERA, third with 393 strikeouts, and her 33 wins puts her fifth nationally. Ricketts is second in the nation in giving up just 3.71 hits per seven innings. In 43 outings this season, the southpaw has recorded 23 double-digit strikeout games. Through her three years at OU, Ricketts has recorded 1,191 career strikeouts, putting her third on the Big 12 career list.
The other two finalists for the 2012 award were Pac-12 Player of the Year Valerie Arioto of California and Pac-12 First-Team honoree Katelyn Boyd of Arizona State.