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Oklahoma’s Ricketts Nabs First Louisville Slugger/NFCA Division I National Player of the Week Honor of 2013

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Senior pitcher Keilani Ricketts of the University of Oklahoma has been selected as the first Louisville Slugger/NFCA Division I National Player of the Week of the 2013 season for games played over February 7-10.

Ricketts, the reigning USA Softball National Collegiate Player of the Year, helped the Sooners get off to a perfect 5-0 start at the Kajikawa Classic in Tempe, Ariz., by registering a 2-0 record over 14 innings of work to go along with 28 strikeouts, while allowing the opposition to hit at just a .096 clip.  At the plate she also posted a .300 batting average with a HR, three RBIs, five walks and a .533 on-base percentage.

Included among her outstanding pitching efforts were back-to-back no-hitters (she now possesses three in her career) to christen the season during victories over Pacific-12 Conference stalwarts No. 21 Stanford (6-0) and No. 5 Oregon (12-0, 5 inn.). The San Jose. Calif., native struck out 14 batters against the Cardinal, before following that performance with 10 K’s in the victory over the Ducks.  During both no-hitters, Ricketts started out the contest by striking out six of the first seven batters she faced over the opening two frames.

Next up for the Crimson & Cream is a trip to San Diego, Calif., over Feb. 15-17 for the Campbell-Cartier Classic where among the teams OU will face are No. 18 Washington and No. 24 Kentucky.

Other Top Performances

Texas A&M’s Nicole Morgan hit .538 (7-for-13) with four HR’s and 10 RBIs while helping the No. 17 Aggies to a perfect 4-0 weekend at the Stacy Winsberg Tournament…Samie Garcia of South Carolina registered a .769 (10-for-13) mark with four doubles and reached base in her first 10 plate appearances at the Stetson Leadoff Classic…IUPUI’s Jessica Lam posted a .625 average (10-for-16) with four HR’s and 10 RBIs while also homering in four straight games at the Mercer Invitational…Hope Rush of Georgia Tech was 3-0 with a 1.40 ERA over 20 IP and hit .400 with two HR’s and 12 RBIs during the Ga. Tech-Kennesaw State Invitational…Dallas Escobedo of Arizona State was 4-0 with a 0.28 ERA and 39 K’s over 24 innings at the Kajikawa Classic…Florida’s Kelsey Stewart had four multi-hit games while posting a .556 mark (10-for-18) with 10 runs scored, 2 HR’s and five RBIs as the Gators went 5-0 in Tempe, Ariz….Arizona State’s Cheyenne Coyle blasted five HR’s while posting a .474 average (9-for-19) and 10 RBIs during the Kajikawa Classic…Katie Keller of Louisville knocked in 13 runs, including seven during one contest against Minnesota, while registering a .529 mark (9-for-17) with four HR’s at the Sportco Kick-off Classic…Alabama’s Haylie McCleney was 13-for-18 (.722) with nine runs, two HR’s, four RBIs and five steals at UNI’s Dome Tournament…Raven Chavanne of Tennessee led the Lady Vols to a 5-0 weekend at the Red Desert Classic by posting a .571 (8-for-14) average with a grand slam, seven runs scored and seven RBIs…Nebraska’s Taylor Edwards hit .556 (10-for-18) with three HR’s, including two grand slams in a single game vs. Illinois-Chicago, and 15 RBIs during the Hotel Encanto Invite in Las Cruces, N.M.

2013 Louisville Slugger Division I National Player of the Week 

Feb. 12 – Keilani Ricketts – Oklahoma – Sr. – P – San Jose, Calif.