NFCA announces All-America teamTwo Oklahoma players earned All-America honors from the National Fastpitch Coaches Association, which announced its three All-America teams Wednesday.
OU junior infielder Amber Flores was a first-team selection, and senior first baseman Samantha Ricketts was a third-team honoree. In addition, all eight teams playing in the Women’s College World Series this week at ASA Hall of Fame Stadium were represented on the teams, led by Washington, Alabama and Georgia with two first-teamers each. Alabama had pitcher Kelsi Dunne and utility player Charlotte Morgan. Washington was represented by second baseman Ashley Charters and pitcher Danielle Lawrie, who was also named USA Softball National Player of the Year on Tuesday. And Georgia third baseman Alisa Goler was joined on the first team by outfielder Taylor Schlopy. Other first-team selections participating at the WCWS include: Florida pitcher Stacey Nelson, Arizona outfielder Brittany Lastrapes, Arizona State outfielder Kaitlin Cochran and Michigan pitcher Nikki Nemitz.
FAVORITE’S ROLE?Florida, the top seed in the tournament, plays eight-time national champion Arizona in an opening-round game. Gators coach Tim Walton was asked if being the No. 1 seed makes them the favorite against a perennial power. "I’d say we’re the underdog,” Walton said.