Flores, Vandever Earn Big 12 Honors

Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma

May 14, 2010

OKLAHOMA CITY – University of Oklahoma seniors Amber Flores and Lindsey Vandever were honored Friday as the 2010 Big 12 Player and Defensive Players of the Year, respectively. Flores earned Player of the Year honors last season and becomes the first player in Big 12 history to win the honor twice in a career. Six Sooners earned All-Big 12 honors after OU finished 13-3 in league play.

Flores played in all 50 games during the regular season and hit .391 in conference play with 18 runs scored for a league-best 1.13 per game average. She had 11 runs batted in with five home runs, ranking second in the league in long balls. Flores had a team-best .783 slugging percentage, 12 walks and .556 on-base percentage. She also ranks in the top five in the league in on-base percentage and total bases.

Vandever started every conference game this season and played a majority of those innings at catcher. In 157 chances, Vandever did not commit a single error or have a passed ball. She was 3-for-6 in stolen base attempts and guided a pitching group consisting of two freshmen and two sophomores to a 1.41 earned run average. Vandever was also named to the All-Big 12 first team. Offensively, she hit .302 with four doubles and four home runs. She drove in 14 runs, while scoring eight. She produced a .604 slugging percentage.

In addition to Vandever and Flores, freshmen Keilani Ricketts and Jessica Shults were named to the All-Big 12 first team. Ricketts led OU in the circle, pitching 66 percent of Oklahoma’s total innings during Big 12 play. Ricketts finished league play with a 8-2 overall record and 1.44 earned run average. She threw eight complete games, including five strikeouts. Ricketts allowed 15 earned runs, 22 total, on 36 hits and 24 walks. She struck out 104 batters and held opponents to a .143 batting average.

Shults led OU at the plate in conference play with a .404 batting average. She scored 12 runs, drove in 14 and recorded four home runs. Her .681 slugging percentage was second-best on the team as were her 11 walk. She produced a.525 on-base percentage.

Sophomore Katie Norris and junior Haley Nix each earned second team honors. Norris hit .321 in conference games with 12 runs driven in and a .571 slugging percentage. Nix hit .327 with eight runs scored and five RBI. She also drew five walks and was 3-for-3 in stolen base attempts.

This season marks the 14th consecutive year Oklahoma has placed at least five student-athletes on the all-conference teams.

Five OU student-athletes were honored for their work in the classroom. Juniors Dani Dobbs and Wendy Trott were named to the Academic All-Big 12 first team while sophomores Kirsten Allen and Norris and Vandever were named to the second team.