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The Daily Ardmoreite
  • OU's Ricketts, Chamberlain Player of the Year finalists

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  • University of Oklahoma teammates Keilani Ricketts and Lauren Chamberlain are two of the three finalists for the 2013 USA Softball Collegiate Softball Player of the Year Award, the Amateur Softball Association of America and USA Softball announced Wednesday.
     
    The Sooners are joined by Tennessee's Raven Chavanne as finalists for the award, which is considered the most prestigious honor in Division I women's collegiate softball.
     
    The reigning Player of the Year, Ricketts currently ranks second in the country with 15 shutouts, eighth with a 1.21 ERA and 10th with 291 strikeouts and second with 15 shutouts. The lefthander holds a 29-1 record on the year.
     
    Chamberlain is the nation's leader in four separate individual categories, while no other player leads in more than two statistical categories. In addition to leading in slugging percentage (1.110), Chamberlain also tops the country in home runs per game (0.50), runs scored per game (1.41) and runs batted in per game (1.43).
     
    The winner of the 2013 USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year Award will be announced on May 28 at the athlete-only banquet just prior to the start of the Women's College World Series.

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