NORMAN — The sensational senior season for superstar Sooners softball player Keilani Ricketts continued Monday night when we found out Ricketts is the winner of the 2013 Honda Cup, given to the nation’s top female collegiate athlete, regardless of which sport she participates in.
The fire-balling lefty pitcher recently led OU to the NCAA Championship at the Women’s “College World Series”, finishing the season with a gaudy 35-1 record, striking out 350 batters in just over 238 innings pitched. Additionally, she hit for a .379 average and slugged 15 home runs while driving in 60.
Ricketts beat out 11 other Honda Sports Award winners including fellow finalists Elena Delle Donne, the women’s basketball star from Delaware and Kimberlyn Duncan, track & field star from LSU. Ricketts becomes the first student-athlete in Oklahoma history to win the Honda Cup and is just the third softball player to take home the honor, joining UCLA’s Natasha Whatley (2003) and Lisa Fernandez (1993).
Next up for Ricketts will be the World Cup of Softball here in Oklahoma City at ASA Hall of Fame Stadium July 11-14 where she’s a member of Team USA for the second straight season.