Keilani Ricketts of Oklahoma was the unanimous choice for USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year.
The junior was recognized Tuesday night during the opening banquet for the Women's College World Series in Oklahoma City. Ricketts helped OU qualify for the World Series with 33 wins, 393 strikeouts and a 0.99 earned run average. She is a just as dangerous with the bat, ranking 11th in the country in on-base percentage (.558) and 13th in slugging percentage (.841).
Ricketts' sister, Samantha, was a Player of the Year candidate when she played at Oklahoma.
The fourth-ranked Sooners open WCWS play at noon Thursday against South Florida.
OCU ELIMINATED, ROGERS WINS
Third-ranked Oklahoma City University was eliminated from the NAIA Baseball World Series on Tuesday, losing to No. 1 LSU-Shreveport 5-4 in Lewiston, Idaho. OCU (48-12) won its first game at the Series, then dropped to the losers' bracket late Monday night with a 7-3 setback to Lee, Tenn. The Stars recovered from an early 3-0 deficit against LSU-Shreveport, taking a 4-3 lead in the bottom of the fifth inning on Miguel Beltran's two-run homer. But LSU-Shreveport (54-5) tied the game with a run in the eighth inning and took the lead for good with another run in the top of the ninth.
The Pilots had two homers from Greg Friesen.
*Eric Baker's two-run single in the bottom of the eighth inning Tuesday helped Rogers State defeat Point Park, Pa., 8-6 at the NAIA World Series. The junior outfielder from Muskogee delivered with two outs in a game where the winner advanced to the round of four. Point Park (53-11) was eliminated. Rogers State (48-15) was scheduled to find out from the Series committee who it played next later Tuesday night.
Rogers State had seven hits compared to the Pioneers' 14. But Rogers State still won after coming back from 1-0, 4-2, 5-4 and 6-5 deficits.