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Four Sooners Named All-Region
May 20, 2010
NORMAN, Okla. - The University of Oklahoma softball team placed four student-athletes on the 2010 National Fastpitch Coaches Association All-Central Region teams, the organization announced today. Senior Amber Flores and freshmen Jessica Shults and Keilani Ricketts were named to the first team, while senior Lindsey Vandever was named to the second team.

Flores, the 2010 Big 12 Player of the Year, 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.

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.

Vandever, the 2010 Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year, 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.

Oklahoma opens the 2010 NCAA Championship Friday afternoon in College Park, Md. The 14th-seeded Sooners face BIG EAST automatic qualifier Syracuse at 4 p.m. CT. The game can be heard online at SoonerSports.com.

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