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Oklahoma’s Amber Flores Named Inaugural Louisville Slugger/NFCA Division I Player of the Week for 2009

Oklahoma junior shortstop Amber Flores has been named the first Louisville Slugger/NFCA Division I Player of the Week for the 2009 season. 

The Calexico, Calif., native led Oklahoma to the Hawai’i Paradise Classic tournament title last weekend and was named the tournament’s Most Valuable Player. Flores hit .643, going 9-for-14 on the weekend with 15 RBI, nine runs scored and a .1429 slugging percentage as Oklahoma rebounded from a season-opening loss to host Hawai’i with two victories over UAB, one over then-No. 19 LSU and a victory against the Rainbow Wahine in Sunday’s rematch. 

Flores recorded a .737 on-base percentage with two walks and two hit-by-pitches. Her biggest contributions were her two doubles and three home runs (two of which were three-run homers) on the week. Against UAB, Flores tallied eight RBI against the Blazers, tying the OU single game record with 10 total bases. Oklahoma finished the weekend with a 4-1 record, out-scoring opponents 59-9. The Sooners moved up to No. 7 in this week’s USA Today/NFCA Division I Top 25 Poll.