San Jose's Keilani Ricketts homered and drove in all four runs to lead Oklahoma to the NCAA softball championship Tuesday with a 4-0 victory and a two-game sweep of Tennessee in the Women's College World Series finals in Oklahoma City.
Ricketts, the national player of the year, drove a 2-1 pitch from Ivy Renfroe deep into the right-field bleachers for a three-run home run in the third inning and tacked on an RBI groundout in the seventh.
Ricketts got the night off in the pitching circle after throwing a career-high 12 innings in Game 1 and moving to 35-1 on the season, but that just put the other half of her well-rounded game on display. She hit her 15th home run of the season and pushed her RBI total to 60.
Ricketts said the Sooners were motivated by their loss to Alabama in last year's national championship series.
"That just gave us so much drive and determination to get back to this moment," she said.
Stanford junior Nicole Gibbs has been named the Honda Sports Award winner for women's tennis for the second consecutive year, the Collegiate Women's Sports Awards announced Tuesday.
Gibbs becomes one of 12 finalists from 12 sports for the Collegiate Woman Athlete of the Year, which will be presented June 24 in Los Angeles.
Gibbs, who has announced she will turn professional and skip her senior season, successfully defended her NCAA singles title last month after helping Stanford capture the team title. She was the first Stanford player to repeat as singles champion since Amber Liu (2003-04).
Gibbs went 24-4 this season, including 17-4 in duals. She won her final 14 matches and took all six of her postseason matches in straight sets.
Stanford right-hander Mark Appel, viewed by many as one of the top prospects in this week's draft, is not among the three finalists for the Golden Spikes Award, which goes annually to the best amateur baseball player in the nation.
Vanderbilt pitcher Tyler Beede, San Diego infielder Kris Bryant and North Carolina infielder Colin Moran were the three finalists announced by the U.S. Baseball Federation.
San Jose Giants
A late comeback fell short for the San Jose Giants in a 5-3 loss to the host Modesto Nuts.
The Giants committed three errors in falling behind 5-0 before getting on the scoreboard in the seventh inning on Shawn Payne's two-run triple with none out. Payne also scored on the play on a throwing error.