It was a fitting way to cap a sensational career at Oklahoma, which just this month ended with a Women’s College World Series championship after finishing as the runner-up in 2012. A right-handed pitcher, Ricketts posted an impressive 35-1 record this past season and recorded 350 strikeouts in 238 1/3 innings of work. She had 16 shutouts in 2013, second best in the country and her 35 wins ranked third nationally.
Ricketts also was a force at the plate on offense this season, carying a batting average of .379 with 15 home runs, including the winning home run in game two of a two-game sweep over the Tennessee Lady Vols in the College World Series championship series a couple of weeks ago.
The two-time National Softball Player of the Year (2013 and 2012) was awarded the Honda Cup over 11 other Honda Sports Award finalists. Among the finalists for the award were Elena Delle Donne, a women’s basketball player from Delaware, and Kimberlyn Duncan, a track and field athlete from LSU. Ricketts was the winner of the Honda Sports Award for softball.
Ricketts is the first athlete from Oklahoma to win the Honda Cup overall award and only the third softball player to receive the honor.