STARKVILLE, Miss. – Junior pitcher Keilani Ricketts of eighth-ranked Oklahoma has been named as the Louisville Slugger Division I National Player of the Week for games played Feb. 27-March 4.
The junior from San Jose, Calif., put up monster numbers last week by going 4-0 with a save in five appearances. Ricketts struck out at least 10 batters in each of her four starts and fanned six of seven in her save against Iowa. For the week, she allowed just eight hits, five walks and two earned runs to finish the five-game stretch with 0.46 ERA, 54 strikeouts and a .081 opponent’s batting average.
With two shutouts this week, Ricketts now has five on the season and her four 10-plus strikeout performances over the five-game stretch brings her season total in that category up to nine. For the year, Ricketts is currently 8-3 with a 1.12 ERA and 132 strikeouts.
This week’s award marks the second National Player of the Week honor of Ricketts’ career, having previously earned the award on May 10 of last season.
With five wins last week, the Sooners (14-3) will look to keep their win-streak alive when they host Austin Peay, Indiana and Wichita State.
Other Top Performances
Mississippi State’s Jessica Cooley helped the Bulldogs to a 5-0 week by blasting five homeruns and tallying 17 RBIs… Stephanie Ricketts of Hawai‘i went 3-0 last week, including two wins over then 20th-ranked Florida State, with 27 strikeouts and just seven hits over 20.0 innings of work… Syracuse’s Jenna Caira struck out 17 in three wins at the Diamond 9 Citrus Classic in Kissimmee, Fla., over then 10th-ranked Baylor, 16th-ranked Michigan and North Carolina… Nerissa Myers of La-Lafayette batted .619 last week and had the game-winning home run against Kentucky at the Ragin’ Cajuns Invitational… Western Michigan’s Meredith Whitney allowed just two earned runs over three wins last week, including the first no-hitter of her career against Bethune-Cookman… Nikia Williams of Washington drove in 10 runs, scored six of her own and had eight hits over five wins for the Huskies last week…
2012 Louisville Slugger Division I National Player of the Week
Mar. 6 – Keilani Ricketts – Oklahoma – Jr. – P – San Jose, Calif.
Feb. 28 – Monica Perry – Florida St. – Jr. – P – Whitesburg, Ga.
Feb. 21 – Brittany Schutte – Florida – Jr. – C – Fountain Valley, Calif.
Feb. 14 – Kaitlin Inglesby – Washington – So. – P/1B – Portland, Ore.