OU softball: Sue Enquist, Mike Candrea say Keilani Ricketts among best pitchers in college softball history

Ricketts joins the likes of softball greats Lisa Fernandez, Jennie Finch and Debbie Doom
by Jenni Carlson Published: June 6, 2013

Sue Enquist rattled off the shortlist of pitchers who she considers the best in college softball history.

Lisa Fernandez, Jennie Finch and Debbie Doom topped her list.

“Keilani Ricketts is right there,” the former UCLA coach said of the Oklahoma ace. “She's right there.”

After dominating throughout the Women's College World Series, it's easy to see how she is in the conversation for greatest ever in college softball. She finished the season 35-1 with a 1.23 ERA and 350 strikeouts in 238 1/3 innings.

What puts Ricketts among the greats?

Enquist starts with her stature. At 6-foot-2, Ricketts intimidates hitters as she stands in the circle, then intimidates them more when she fires pitches as fast as 70 mph. But she doesn't just throw hard. She has great movement on her pitches.

Then, there are the intangibles.

“When you have someone that has what I call authentic calm, it's like ... a whole other player on the field when calm resonates,” said Enquist, who coached Fernandez (93-7, 0.22 ERA career totals) and Doom (952 strikeouts, 0.29 ERA career totals) at UCLA. “I see that in her cadence when she's pitching.

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by Jenni Carlson
Jenni Carlson, a sports columnist at The Oklahoman since 1999, came by her love of sports honestly. She grew up in a sports-loving family in Kansas. Her dad coached baseball and did color commentary on the radio for the high school football...
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