NORMAN, Okla. - Oklahoma softball players Kristin Vesely and Norrelle Dickson were named to 2006 Louisville Slugger/NFCA Division I All-America teams announced Wednesday by the association. Vesely earned first team honors as an at large selection while Dickson claimed second team honors as an outfielder.
“This recognition was truly deserved for Norrelle (Dickson) and Kristin (Vesely),” head coach Patty Gasso said. “They played at a consistent high level for the entire season and led our team day in and day out. It was great to have their stability to rely on the entire season.”
Vesely joins Texas’ Cat Osterman as one of only two Big 12 players selected to the first team. It marked the second straight All-America honor for the senior center fielder as she was also a second team pick in 2005.
One of the most impressive hitters in OU softball history, Vesely finished her tenure at OU as the all-time leader in hits at Oklahoma. Additionally she finished among the top 10 on 10 different OU career charts and was one of 25 finalists for the USA Softball Player of the Year award.
During her senior campaign, the center fielder posted a .440 batting average while leading the team in doubles (17), slugging percentage (.637) and walks (28) while also recording 49 RBI, three triples and five home runs. The four-time All-Big 12 performer ranked second in the Big 12 and ninth among the NCAA in batting average.
Dickson also picked up her second straight All-America honor (a 2005 third-team selection) after leading the Sooners’ offensive attack this season. The junior recorded a Big 12-best .449 batting average (sixth in the NCAA) while also leading the conference in hits (1.50 per game), runs scored (1.06 per game) and on base percentage (.515).
Dickson, a three-time All-Big 12 and All-Midwest Region performer, will be one of eight starters returning for the 2007 season.
“It will be great to have her experience back as she continues to help our younger girls develop,” Gasso said. “Vesely was a returning All-American for us this year and had a great year so I’m excited to watch Norrelle in her senior season.”
The Sooners lead all Big 12 schools with 22 All-Americans in school history. The only other Big 12 players to earn All-America honors in 2006 were Brette Reagan (second team) and Chelsi Lake (third team) of Baylor and KU’s Serena Settlemier (second team).