5-10-2011 National Players of the Week


May 10 2011


Arizona State’s Lockwood Named USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Week  The Amateur Softball Association (ASA) of America and USA Softball announced today that Arizona State’s Annie Lockwood (Phoenix, Ariz.) was named the USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Week for the week of May 2-8. Lockwood helped the Sun Devils sweep then-No. 11 Washington in Seattle, accounting for more than half of the team’s RBI on the weekend. It is the third consecutive conference sweep for the Sun Devils.


The junior outfielder proved to be an integral force at the plate, as she collected six of ASU’s 11 RBI on the weekend along with an intentional walk for a .545 average. She opened up against Washington going 3-for-4 with one run scored, one home run and three RBI for the 6-4 victory.

She was 1-for-3 in Game 2 but also reached base off of an intentional walk. Lockwood came out strong in the third game, helping the Sun Devils secure the series sweep. She again accounted for half the runs in the 6-2 win with three RBI off of two hits.

This is the first time honor for Lockwood and second of the year for Arizona State. Pitcher Dallas Escobedo (Phoenix, Ariz.) was the first USA Softball Player of the Week selection of the season on Feb. 15.

Oklahoma’s Ricketts Named NFCA Division I National Players of the Week
May 10, 2011

STARKVILLE, Miss. – Oklahoma sophomore Keilani Ricketts has been named as the NFCA National Player of the Week for games played May 2-8, 2011.

Ricketts got it done from both sides of the plate last week, as the sophomore helped the Sooners end their 2011 regular-season on a three-game win streak.  In the circle, Ricketts was 3-0 over 13.0 innings with a 0.00 ERA, just two hits and 22 strikeouts.  At the dish, she was equally as impressive by going 3-for-5 with four RBIs, four runs, four walks and a home run.

The San Jose, Calif., native limited opponents to a miniscule .049 batting average last week, while herself turning in a .600 clip to go along with a .778 on-base percentage and a 1.200 slugging percentage.  Her best showing of the week came in her team’s regular-season finale against Iowa State when she turned in a two-hit complete game gem in and struck out 14 of 27 batters faced.

For the year, Ricketts is 25-12 with a 1.45 ERA and 389 strikeouts.  Her nearly 400 strikeouts on the season is the most of any Big XII pitcher and is third-most in all of Division I softball, behind Sara Plourde of Massachusetts (463) and Morgan Melloh of Indiana (458).

With the three wins last week, the 13th-ranked Sooners ended their regular season at 38-16 overall and at 10-8 in the Big XII.  After a fifth-place finish in the league, Oklahoma must now wait until next Sunday evening when the NCAA reveals it 64-team field for the 2011 Division I Softball Championships to see if they have earned an at-large bid.

Other Top Performances
Hofstra’s Olivia Galati helped lead the Pride to the CAA regular-season title by going 2-0 in the circle with 26 strikeouts and hitting .571 at the dish… Kelsi Weseman of Georgia Tech went 7-for-10 last week with nine RBIs and two home runs as the 19th-ranked Yellow Jackets went 2-1 vs. Florida State… Florida’s Hanna Rogers picked up all three wins and struck out 13 in the third-ranked Gators’ sweep of then No. 5 Tennessee… Nicole Hudson of Missouri helped the ninth-ranked Tigers earn a split with then third-ranked Texas last week by batting .692 with five RBIs.

NFCA DI National Player of the Week

May 10 – Keilani Ricketts – Oklahoma – So. – P – San Jose, Calif.  

May 3 – Raven Chavanne – Tennessee – So. – OF – Thousand Oaks, Calif. (co)
May 3 – Jen Mineau – Fordham – Jr. – P – Schaghticoke, N.Y. (co)
Apr. 25 – Adrienne Monka – Northwestern – Jr. – 1B – Ranch Cucamonga, Calif.

Apr. 18 – Jolene Henderson – California – So. – P – Elk Grove, Calif.

Apr. 11 – Kristyn Sandberg – Georgia – Jr. – C/IF – Island Park, N.Y.

Apr. 5 – Sara Plourde – Massachusetts – Jr. – P – Bristol, Conn.

Mar. 29 – Jacqueline Grim – Loyola (IL) – Sr. – 1B – Beecher, Ill.
Mar. 22 – Blaire Luna – Texas – So. – P – Austin, Texas
Mar. 15 – Kelly Hmiel – Pittsburgh – Jr. – 3B – York, Pa.

Mar. 8 – Chelsea Thomas – Missouri – So. – P – Pleasantville, Iowa

Mar. 1 – Lori Spignola – North Carolina – Fr. – P – Atlanta, Ga.

Feb. 22 – Stephanie Brombacher – Florida – Sr. – P – Pembroke Pine, Fla.

Feb. 15 – Gabrielle Bridges – La-Lafayette – Sr. – 1B – Lafitte, La.

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