Oklahoma's Keilani Ricketts and Lauren Chamberlain have been named the Big 12 Pitcher and Player of the week for games March 13-17. The honor marks the second time this season the duo has swept the awards, as they claimed the first accolades of the year on February 12. Chamberlain picks up her second award of the season while Ricketts collected her third award this year and 14th of her career.
Big 12 Player of the Week
Lauren Chamberlain, Oklahoma, So., INF, Trabuco Canyon, Calif.
Chamberlain was red-hot during the Sooner's 5-0 weekend at the Judi Garman Classic in Fullerton, Calif. Starting all five games at first base, Chamberlain hit .556 with six runs scored, three home runs and six RBI. She tallied 14 total bases for a 1.556 slugging percentage, while nine walks helped boost her on-base percentage to .778. She was also 1-for-1 in stolen bases and did not strike out over the weekend.
The sophomore saved her best performance of the weekend for Oklahoma's toughest competition. Facing No. 14/19 Arizona, she went 2-for-2 with a pair of solo home runs and two walks in a 4-0 victory. Chamberlain got the scoring started for the Sooners in the first, launching a 2-2 pitch over the wall in left center for her third leadoff homer of the season. After walking in the second, Chamberlain hit her second home run of the day with a full-count blast to left field to lead off the fourth. It marked the 11th multi-homer game of her career.
In the finale against Cal State Fullerton, a 9-0, five-inning triumph, Chamberlain worked the count to 3-1 before smashing her 16th home run of the season, a three-run shot to center field to give the Sooners a 4-0 lead.
Big 12 Pitcher of the Week
Keilani Ricketts, Oklahoma, Sr., LHP, San Jose, Calif.
In helping the Sooners to a 5-0 record over the weekend, Ricketts did not allow a single run as she threw 17.0 shutout innings in three complete-game starts. She struck out 27, walked three and allowed only six hits to post an opponents' batting average of .103.
Ricketts has thrown four straight shutouts and her personal scoreless streak stands at 23 innings. As a staff, Oklahoma has tied a school record with seven consecutive shutouts, while the team's scoreless-run streak is at 40 innings.
In a 9-0, five-inning win over Pacific, Ricketts allowed a lone single to the game's second batter and also walked two while picking up her seventh double-digit strikeout game of the year by fanning 10 Pacific batters.
In her next start against No. 14/19 Arizona, Rickets picked up her 10th shutout of the season as she limited the Wildcats to just three hits. After two singles in the first, her only other hit allowed was a two-out single in the seventh. She walked only one and struck out seven, including four in a row between the fifth and sixth innings.
The senior made her final start of the weekend against Cal State Fullerton on Sunday. In securing a 9-0, five-inning win, Ricketts threw her fourth consecutive shutout and 11th of the year to move her record to 14-0. She struck out 10 batters, her eighth double-digit strikeout effort in 2013, and allowed just two hits. Ricketts took a no-hitter into fourth inning as she retired the first 10 batters of the game, with the first five victims coming via strikeout.
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|