May 23, 2001
OKLAHOMA CITY - Fifth-ranked Oklahoma had four players named to the 2001 NFCA/Louisville Slugger All-American team. Sophomore Kelli Braitsch was a first-team selection, while seniors Ashli Barrett and Lisa Carey were selected to the second team. Junior pitcher Jennifer Stewart was a third-team at-large selection.
Arizona led all teams with five selections, while UCLA and Oklahoma each had four players.
OU's only first-team honoree, Braitsch was an at-large selection. The shortstop was the Big 12 Player of the Year after leading the league with a .448 batting average. She also had a team-high 78 hits and 16 doubles.
Barrett was the second-team catcher after a senior campaign where she hit .400. She is OU's all-time home run leader and ranks 10th among the NCAA's all-time leaders. Barrett was a first-team selection last year and also holds the school records for RBIs.
The second team first baseman, Carey was named the Big 12 Tournament Most Outstanding Player and holds the league's record for hits. She is hitting .408 with 50 RBIs and eight homers. Carey is the Sooners' first three-time All-American, earning third-team honors in 1999 and first-team recognition in 2000.
Stewart was named to the third team for the second consecutive year. The first-team All-Big 12 selection has a 36-3 record with eight shutouts and 181 strikeouts. Stewart holds the school record for career wins with 92 and has a 1.32 career ERA.
The Sooners have won their last 22 games and will begin their national championship defense on Thursday. OU will face Michigan at 12:30 p.m. and the game will be televised live on ESPN2.