Ricketts is being nominated from her outstanding performance from Sooner softball and Team USA.
At the plate, she ended the season ranked ninth nationally with 53 walks and 10th with an on-base percentage of .553. She was also 19th with an .825 slugging percentage as she helped lead the Sooners to a second-place finish at the 2012 Women’s College World Series.
On the international level, the San Jose, Calif., native captured a gold medal at the 2011 Pan-American Games in Guadalajara with Team USA, recording a win in the championship game against Team Canada. As both a pitcher and hitter, Rickets helped Team USA to a first place finish this summer at the World Cup of Softball VII in Oklahoma City, after she allowed just one run in 9.2 innings pitched and struck out 10 batters.
The senior, left-handed pitcher also helped Team USA finish second in both the 2012 Canadian Open Fast Pitch International Tournament and 2012 ISF Women’s World Championship, where she was the team leader in pitching for games won (four) and strikeouts (25) over the course of the tournament.
Ricketts was the unanimous Big XII player of the year as well as the 2012 USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year. She is up against athletes like May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh Jennings. She is one of only two NCAA athletes nominated for the honor. The other is Maggie Steffens, a water polo player from Stanford.
The award will be given out Wednesday in New York City.