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Ricketts Earns Another Honda Sports Award

by Stephanie Kuzydym Modified: June 13, 2013 at 6:13 pm •  Published: June 13, 2013
Oklahoma designated player Keilani Ricketts celebrates after a hit by the Sooners in the WCWS Finals second game as Oklahoma went on to defeated Tennessee 4-0 on June 4, 2013 to win the NCAA championship. Photo by KT KING, The Oklahoman
Oklahoma designated player Keilani Ricketts celebrates after a hit by the Sooners in the WCWS Finals second game as Oklahoma went on to defeated Tennessee 4-0 on June 4, 2013 to win the NCAA championship. Photo by KT KING, The Oklahoman

Keilani Ricketts is a two-time USA Softball National Player of the Year and a national champion.

Now, she is also a two-time Honda Sports Award winner.

The Collegiate Women’s Sports Awards announced Thursday that Ricketts, who helped her team to the 2013 National Title, is the recipient of this year’s Honda Sports Award for softball. She is now a finalist for the 2013 Honda Cup, given to the best female athlete in all of collegiate athletics.

Ricketts is the seventh player to win the award, which was created in 1977, more than once, joining softball greats such as Danielle Lawrie (Washington), Cat Osterman (Texas), Jennie Finch (Arizona) and Lisa Fernandez (UCLA).

The Honda Cup will be presented on June 24 and will air live on ESPNU from the USC Galen Center Founders Room in Los Angeles.

“It’s an amazing honor to represent my team and my sport at the Honda Cup award ceremony for such a prestigious honor,” Ricketts said. “I would like to thank the Honda Sports Awards voters and my teammates for making this incredible opportunity possible.”

Ricketts completed her senior season with a 35-1 record, a 1.23 ERA and 350 strikeouts in 238.1 innings pitched. She also threw 16 shutouts this season, the second most in the nation. Her 35 victories ranked third in the nation. Ricketts also ranked fifth in hits allowed per seven innings (3.61), sixth in total strikeouts (350) and eighth in both ERA (1.23) and strikeouts per seven innings (10.3).

Per the CWSA:

“The CWSA presents the Honda Sports Award annually to top women athletes in 12 NCAA-sanctioned sports.   Since commencing its sponsorship in 1986, Honda has provided more than $2.5 million in institutional grants to the universities of the award winners and nominees to support women’s athletics programs.  With this honor, Ricketts, a senior health and exercise science major, becomes a finalist for the Collegiate Woman Athlete of the Year and the 2013 Honda Cup. She was chosen for the Honda Sports Award by a vote of the National Fastpitch Coaches Association. Finalists included Oklahoma’s Lauren Chamberlain, Arizona State’s Amber Freeman, and Tennessee’s Lauren Gibson.”


by Stephanie Kuzydym
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Stephanie Kuzydym learned at a young age that life is a game of inches. That's just one reason why she loves football. Kuzydym joined The Oklahoman in July 2012. Before arriving in the state, Kuzydym was an intern for the sports departments at...
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