OU's Ricketts Takes Home Big 12 Weekly Honors

Tuesday, February 26th 2013, 5:58 pm
By: News 9

Senior Keilani Ricketts dominated the competition at the Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic last weekend and has earned Big 12 Pitcher of the Week honors for her efforts.

In posting a 3-0 record, Ricketts did not allow a single run in 23.1 innings of work, including 21.0 innings against teams ranked or receiving votes. She struck out 34 batters and gave up just five hits to go with three walks allowed as the No. 1 Oklahoma softball team went 5-0 over the weekend to improve to 15-0 on the year.

Ricketts has been named the Big 12 Pitcher of the Week 13 times in her career, including the initial honors in 2013. Along with Michelle Gascoigne last week, the Sooners have taken home all three Big 12 Pitcher of the Week accolades this season.

In the weekend opener on Friday against No. 16 Georgia, Ricketts gave up just one hit and one walk while striking out 10 in the 100th complete game of her career as the Sooners won 5-0.

The lefthander from San Jose, Calif., picked up her first save of the season in a 5-2 win over UC Santa Barbara on Saturday. She held the Gauchos hitless over the last 2.1 innings, striking out four.

Locked in a tight pitchers' duel on Saturday night against Nebraska, a team that was receiving votes, Ricketts helped lead her team to a 2-0 win. Ricketts threw her fifth shutout of the season as she struck out nine batters in a complete-game effort. She yielded just three hits and allowed one walk. Her scoreless effort allowed the Sooners' offense, which was no-hit through six innings, to take the lead in the top of the seventh.

In improving to 7-0, the senior struck out 11 and allowed just a lone single in the first inning against No. 23 Florida State as she threw her sixth shutout of the season and lowered her earned run average to just 0.78. Ricketts and the Sooners retired the final 16 Seminoles batters of the game, not allowing a base runner beyond the second inning.