Three Big 12 Players Gain National Attention
Courtesy: Wendell Barnhouse, Big 12 Insider
          Release: 02/14/2013
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Wendell Barnhouse is a nationally-known and respected columnist who has spent over 20 years covering collegiate athletics. He has reported from 24 Final Fours and more than three dozen bowl games and has written about the Big 12 and its schools since the conference's beginning. Barnhouse will be updating the Big 12 Insider on happenings and behind-the-scenes information about the conference.

Graham Hays of ESPN.com wrapped up the opening week of softball action and selected five players of the week. Three were from the Big 12.

Lauren Chamberlain, Oklahoma: You can't pitch around her because of the rest of the lineup, but how can you pitch to her? Chamberlain reached base in her first 10 plate appearances this season and hit four home runs on the weekend. She finished her stay in Arizona with a 1.727 slugging percentage and .800 on-base percentage.

Alex Hugo, Kansas: Add Hugo to the list of impressive freshmen. Kansas missed out on a perfect 5-0 start when it lost to NC State in the finale of a tournament in Miami, but Hugo was close to perfect at the plate. She finished with a .667 batting average (10-of-15) that included three home runs, two doubles and a triple, which leaves her just 16 extra-base hits shy of the team lead for the entirety of last season. She also caught another strong debut, starting behind the plate for freshman teammate Kelsey Kessler's 1.15 ERA and 20 strikeouts in 18 1/3 innings.

Keilani Ricketts, Oklahoma: Credit Northwestern for getting to her in Sunday's finale in Arizona and making her final numbers a bit more modest, but that shouldn't detract from what Ricketts did in starting the season with back-to-back no-hitters against ranked Pac-12 opponents in Stanford and Oregon. She struck out 24 batters in 12 innings in those two wins and added a home run at the plate in the win against the Cardinal.

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