USA Softball announced their National Player of the Year Award on Tuesday evening and for the second consecutive year an Oklahoma Sooner was the recipient.
OU's All-American two way superstar, Keilani Ricketts, became just the third player to ever win the award in consecutive years. Texas' Cat Osterman and Washington's Danielle Lawrie are the only other two to ever accomplish the feat (with Osterman actually winning three times).
Ricketts has accomplished as much or more than any individual player in the history of Oklahoma's softball program. However she would be the first one to tell you the individual awards are all well and good, but this season will not be complete unless she and her teammates can capture the national championship they were so close to claiming this time last year.
They begin their march to that very goal this Thursday with their Women's College World Series opener against the Michigan Wolverines.