Keilani Ricketts named Sportswoman of the Year award finalist
OKLAHOMA CITY – USA Softball Women’s National Team pitcher Keilani Ricketts (San Jose, Calif.) has been selected as a finalist for the Women’s Sports Foundation’s Sportswomen of the Year award in the team sport category the Women’s Sports Foundation announced today. Ricketts was selected based on her achievements between August 1, 2011 and August 12, 2012.
Ricketts was a member of both the 2011 USA Softball Women’s National Team that won gold at the Pan American Games and the 2012 USA Softball Women’s National Team that took silver at the International Softball Federation (ISF) World Championship this past July. Ricketts, who is entering her senior season at the University of Oklahoma (OU), also led the Sooners to the finals of the 2012 NCAA Women’s College World Series (WCWS) last Spring where she was named to the All-Tournament Team. For her achievements throughout the season Ricketts was named the 2012 USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year as well as the 2012 Honda Softball Player of the Year.
Ricketts finished her 2012 USA Softball campaign with a 0.73 ERA and a perfect 9-0 record. In the 2012 ISF World Championship, she was the team leader in pitching for games won with four and strikeouts with 25. Ricketts also led Team USA to the gold medal in the 2012 World Cup of Softball where she allowed just one run in 9.2 innings pitched.
Ricketts finished her junior season at OU with 37 wins in 49 appearances. She struck out 432 of the 1,051 batters that she faced during the season allowing less than one run per game. The Sooner pitcher also hit 17 home runs and had a team-best .407 batting average. Her .553 on-base percentage was enough to rank her 10th in the country and her .825 slugging percentage put her at 19th overall in the NCAA.
The Sportswoman of the Year award winners will be determined by a combination of a public vote (50%) and the Women’s Sports Foundation’s Awards Committee’s vote (50%). The winners will be the two athletes – one individual sport finalist and one team sport finalist – who receive the highest combined share of a public vote and the Awards Committee vote. Beginning September 1 fans can visit www.womenssportsfoundation.org to cast their vote for the Sportswoman of the Year award. Fan voting will conclude on September 9.
This year’s finalists will be invited to attend the Annual Salute to Women in Sports Awards Gala on Wednesday, October 17, 2012, at Cipriani Wall Street in New York City, where the winners will be announced and accept their awards.
Past USA Softball Women’s National Team members who have won the Women’s Sports Foundation Sportswomen of the Year award include Lisa Fernandez (1994), Cat Osterman (2005), Monica Abbott (2007), and Jessica Mendoza (2008).