NORMAN, Okla. The Oklahoma softball team placed five players on the All-Big 12 teams that were announced Wednesday afternoon at the annual pre-Big 12 Championship Banquet. Senior Kristin Vesely, junior Norrelle Dickson and freshman Samantha Ricketts highlighted the Coaches All-Big 12 first team while sophomore Savannah Long and freshman Traci Dickenson comprised the second team.
Ricketts was the lone freshman to earn first team All-Big 12 honors while the Sooners topped all other schools with two rookies placed on the All-Big 12 teams.
“These five players have been extremely consistent for us during our ups and downs this year,” head coach Patty Gasso said. “Norrelle (Dickson) and Kristin (Vesely) have been a pleasure to watch as they have stayed hot through the entire season and it has been great to see our two freshmen honored as they have grown into consistent, solid players in such a tough league. Additionally, Savannah (Long) has been our defensive rock in the infield while also elevating her game offensively.”
The Sooners have placed at least five members on the All-Big 12 teams every year since the inception of the league in 1996.
For Vesely, it was the fourth All-Big 12 honor of her career and third first team honor. Dickson picked up her second straight first team All-Big 12 honor while it marks Long, Ricketts and Dickenson’s first All-Big 12 accolade.
Dickson, who leads the Big 12 with a .463 batting average during all contests, hit .373 in league action. She recorded 22 hits, 13 runs, four RBI and a .448 on base percentage.
Vesely followed Dickson with the second-best batting average (.449) in overall games while owning a .364 clip with 20 hits, two home runs and a .564 slugging percentage during the 18-game stretch.
Ricketts led the Sooners in conference action with a .375 batting average and 14 RBI while posting a .500 slugging percentage.
Long, who owned a .286 clip during the Big 12 season, has been solid on the defensive end with a .984 fielding percentage during Big 12 action with only one error. After starting the season at second base, she has taken over the starting short stop position and is hitting .303 for the Sooners in all games this season.
Dickenson came alive for the Sooners during the Big 12 stretch where she hit .304 with nine RBI and led the team with three home runs on a .565 slugging percentage.
The fifth-seeded Sooners will open Big 12 Championship action on Thursday with an 11 a.m. contest against Texas A&M, the No. 4 seed. The game will take place at ASA Hall of Fame Stadium in Oklahoma City.