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OU's Ricketts Named Louisville Slugger/NFCA Player of Week


Oklahoma sophomore first baseman Samantha Ricketts has been named the Louisville Slugger/NFCA National Player of the Week for the week ending Mar. 18, the association announced Wednesday. 

Ricketts hit .471 this past week as she led the No. 4 Sooners to a second Judi Garman Classic championship. The team leader in RBIs, Ricketts tallied a 1.235 slugging percentage for the tournament and hitting four home runs, a double and nine RBIs over the six-game week. 

The San Jose, Calif., native hit two home runs, including a grand slam, in an 11-0 championship game win over then-No. 5 Arizona. In the title tilt, Ricketts accumulated a career-best six RBIs. She added another home run in OU’s 6-2 pool play victory over the defending national champion. 

She hit .800 (4-for-5) in the two games against UA, with seven RBIs coming off three home runs and a double. She was also a key contributor in the semifinal victory over No. 24 DePaul, sending the game into extra innings with her sixth-inning solo home run. 

She opened the championship bracket with a perfect 2-for-2 plate performance against Cal State Northridge, adding an RBI in the contest.