Two Sooners Tabbed for Conference Weekly Awards


Thursday, May 26th 2011, 12:12 pm
By: News On 6


Originally Published: Feb 15, 2011 5:12 PM CDT

Oklahoma Sports Staff

NORMAN, Oklahoma -- Oklahoma sophomores Keilani Ricketts and Jessica Shults have been named the Big 12 Pitcher and Player of the week Tuesday, respectively.

The two helped lift the Sooners to run-rule wins over No. 2 Arizona, Northwestern, Bakersfield and Appalachian State, losing just one game in the tournament.

Ricketts went 3-0 through the tournament, shutting down Arizona, Bakersfield and Northwestern in the four-day tournament, allowing just two earned runs in her 16 innings pitched. In the three wins, the sophomore picture struck out 27 of the 48 batters she faced, while allowing just five hits and four walks.

Shults started all six games at catcher, including Michelle Gascogine’s perfect game against Appalachian State. From the plate, Shults managed a .632 batting average for the tournament, driving in 15 runs in her 19 at-bats.

The Sooners will play their home opener at 4 p.m. Wednesday against St. Gregory’s.