Texas shortstop Taylor Thom and Oklahoma pitcher Keilani Ricketts have been named Big 12 Player and Pitcher of the Week for games February 19-26. It is the second weekly honor of the season for both student-athletes.
Big 12 Player of the Week
Taylor Thom, Texas, Jr., INF, Cedar Park, Texas
Thom hit over .500 for the second straight week and tied an NCAA single-game record for the second time in as many weeks as she led No. 5/8 Texas to a 5-1 record. The junior hit three doubles against Utah State on Saturday to tie the Texas and NCAA single-game records.
During the five games of the Texas Invitational, Thom hit .588 (10-for-17) and led Texas with eight RBI, 17 total bases, a 1.000 slugging percentage and four doubles. Thom provided Texas' first run in Friday's game against No. 24/24 Tulsa with a solo home run in the fourth inning. On Saturday versus Utah State, she drove in the game-winning run and finished 4-for-4 with four RBI and three runs.
Entering this week's action, Thom leads the Big 12 with 23 RBI and is tied for the top spot in doubles with eight. The Cedar Park, Texas, native also ranks second in the league in hits (23), total bases (46) and slugging percentage (.902).
Big 12 Pitcher of the Week
Keilani Ricketts, Oklahoma, Sr., LHP, San Jose, Calif.
Ricketts did not allow a single run in 23.1 innings of work, including 21.0 against teams ranked or receiving votes. She struck out 34 batters and gave up just five hits.
In the weekend opener against No. 16 Georgia on Thursday, the lefthander from San Jose, Calif., gave up just one hit and one walk while striking out 10 in the 100th complete game of her career. Ricketts picked up her first save of the season in a 5-2 win over UC Santa Barbara on Friday. She held the Gauchos hitless over the last 2.1 innings, striking out four.
She returned to the mound Saturday night, striking out 11 in a 6-0 victory over No. 23 Florida State. It was her sixth shutout of the season as she lowered her ERA to just 0.78. Ricketts and the Sooners retired the final 16 batters of the game, not allowing a base runner beyond the second inning.
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|