JULY 25 SPY UPDATE
Abbott’s 12Strikeouts Lead Bandits Past Comets, 11-1
ROSEMONT, Ill. – July 24, 2013 – Monica Abbott delivered another dominating performance tonight, guiding the Bandits to an 11-1 victory while tossing twelve strikeouts and improving her record to 11-1. Comets starting pitcher Angel Bunner fell to 1-7.
The Bandits started the four-game home stand strong, scoring three runs in the first inning. Amber Patton got on base with a single and was brought home by Alisa Goler’s third homerun of the season.
Tammy Williams followed the homerun reaching on a fielder’s choice. Williams was then able to score off of Brittany Cervantes’ RBI double, pushing the Bandits lead to 3-0 going into the second inning.
The Bandits extended their lead by a run in the second after Megan Wiggins got on base with a leadoff double and was brought home by Patton’s RBI single, making the score 4-0 after two innings of play.
The Comets threatened during the top of the third when Brittney Lindley doubled and stole third off a wild pitch. However, Abbott handily struck out two batters to end the inning and keep the Comets scoreless.
The Bandits offense struck again in the bottom of the fourth after Vicky Galindo was hit by pitch and Wiggins’ single up the middle put a pair on. Patton reached on an error to load the bases for Goler who delivered a long sac fly to center field allowing Galindo to score and extending the Bandits lead to 5-0.
In the bottom of the sixth the Bandits exploded for six more runs. Galindo started things off with a single up the middle. Wiggins followed up with a double, advancing Galindo to third. Patton then scored Galindo with a well-placed bunt single.
Goler stepped up to bat next and hit another sac fly allowing Wiggins to tag up and score. The Comets then made a pitching change substituting in Taryne Mowatt for starting pitcher Bunner. Nerissa Myers and Danielle Zymkowtiz were both walked to load the bases for Eri Yamada who delivered a sacrifice fly to score Patton.
Pinch hitter Maggie Hull then hit a single up the middle allowing Myers to score and Jenna Grim followed suit, hitting a two-run RBI double off the centerfield fence. The Bandits took a commanding 11-0 lead going into the seventh inning.
Nikki Nemitz came in for Abbott in the seventh to close out the game. The Comets were able to get one run in the bottom of the seventh when Dorian Shaw was able to score off an error, making the final score 11-1.
The Bandits and Comets return to the Ballpark at Rosemont for game two of the series tomorrow. First pitch is set for 7:05 pm.
Ricketts Named Big 12 Female Athlete of the Year
Pitcher becomes the second female in OU history to win the award
July 25, 2013
NORMAN, Okla. – Keilani Ricketts added one more title to her illustrious career on Thursday as she was honored as the Big 12 Female Athlete of the Year. With her selection, Ricketts joins women’s basketball player Stacey Dales (2001-02) as the only Sooners to be the conference’s Female Athlete of the Year.
Nominees are submitted by each Big 12 institution and selected, based on athletic performance, academic achievement and citizenship, by a media panel as well as fan voting conducted through the Big 12’s social media outlets.
Ricketts garnered the 2013 Honda Cup as the nation’s top female collegiate student-athlete after leading Oklahoma to the Women’s College World Series title, the second in school history. She received the Honda Award for softball and was named the USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year for the second consecutive season.
During the WCWS, Ricketts went 4-0 in the circle with 39 strikeouts in 31 innings while hitting .412 to earn Most Outstanding Player honors. She hit two home runs and drove in six runs at the plate, including all four RBI in the Championship Series finale over Tennessee.
The winningest pitcher in OU history, Ricketts was the 2013 Big 12 Pitcher of the Year and was recognized on the All-Big 12 First Team and Defensive Team. She was a NFCA All-America first team selection and was named Big 12 Pitcher of the Week on five occasions.
The dual threat started all 61 of the Sooners’ games, 40 at pitcher and 21 as the designated player. Ricketts ranked second in the country in shutouts (16), third in wins (35), fifth in hits allowed per game (3.61), sixth in strikeouts (350) and eighth in ERA (1.23) and strikeouts per seven innings (10.3).
Ricketts graduated in four years with a degree in communication. She was a four-time Big 12 Commissioner’s Honor Roll and Sooner Scholar honoree. The San Jose, Calif., native assisted the Sooner softball team’s efforts with tornado disaster relief efforts in the midst of OU’s postseason drive in 2013. She took a special interest in a local youth team who had lost a teammate in the deadly storms – a young pitcher who had looked up to Ricketts.
Oklahoma has had five student-athletes recognized as the Big 12 Athlete of the Year since its inception in the 1996-97 season. Along with Ricketts and Dales winning Female Athlete of the Year, former OU quarterbacks Sam Bradford (2008-09), Jason White (2003-04) and Josh Heupel (2000-01) have all been named Men’s Athlete of the Year.
WHAT DO YOUKNOW?
Can you identify the origins of the following:
1. As much as I love that which I love most in this world, I love you more.
3. Sighted enemy, sank same
5. His God Is God
6. Tis a far better thing I do
7.. I will not fight against Virginia
8. Win one for the Gipper
9.. One step for man
10. Blessed are the meek
11. That we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain
12. He that troubleth his own house shall inherit the wind
13. A date that will live in infamy
14. All we have done is to awaken a sleeping giant and fill him with a terrible resolve
15. That they will not be judged by the color of their skin
16. The coward dies a thousand deaths (two correct answers)
17. When you hear hoofbeats, don’t assume zebras
18. all that I could see were twelve tall trees standing in a wood
19. And to them will I give in my house and within my walls a memorial
20. Mene, mene, tekel upharsin
21. Who were the four horsemen of the apocalypse (they did not play football)
22. Though I walk in death’s dark vale
23. Ich bin ein Berliner
24. Arbeit macht frei
25. From where the sun now stands, I will fight no more forever
26. The night can be a dreadful time for lonely people
27. there was a land of cavaliers and cotton fields
28. I have not become the King’s first minister to preside over the liquidation of the British Empire
29. I feel sorry for people who don’t drink; when they wake up, that’s as good as they are going to feel all day.
30. People who think they know everything are a great annoyance to those of us who do