Oklahoma’s Keilani Ricketts and Lauren Chamberlain have been named finalists for the 2013 USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year by the Amateur Softball Association.
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 2013 Big 12 Conference Pitcher of the Year, Ricketts currently ranks eighth in the country with a 1.21 ERA, 10th with 291 strikeouts and second with 15 shutouts. The lefthander holds a 29-1 record on the year and helped the Sooners to their 10th Big 12 Conference Championship and fourth-consecutive regional championship.
Ricketts’ 1,546 career strikeouts currently rank 11th nationally and second in conference history. From the plate, she holds a .362 batting average, .677 slugging percentage and has recorded 12 home runs. Behind their senior leader, the Oklahoma Sooners held first place in all 14 regular season ESPN.com/USA Softball Collegiate Top 25 Polls this year.
Chamberlain currently sits ninth nationally with a .459 batting average and second with 27 home runs. Her .615 on-base percentage is third in the country and 1.110 slugging percentage leads all other Division I batters. Despite hitting leadoff, Chamberlain ranks third nationally with 77 RBI while still coming in at second nationally with 76 runs scored. No. 1 Oklahoma will meet up with No. 20 Texas A&M this weekend in Norman, Okla. for the Super Regional’s with the winner advancing to the NCAA WCWS.
The winner of the 2013 USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year Award will be announced on May 28 at the athlete only banquet just prior to the start of the NCAA WCWS.
The USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year award is voted on by coaching representatives from 11 Division I Conferences in the 15 ASA Regions as well as members of the media who consistently cover Division I Softball across the country, and previous Player of the Year recipients.