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Ricketts ready for sophomore campaign

Stephanie Ricketts Stephanie Ricketts
Amanda Taualii Amanda Taualii
Head Coach Bob Coolen Head Coach Bob Coolen

By Mike Cherry - bio | email

MANOA (HawaiiNewsNow) - Oh what a difference a year makes...just ask Wahine pitcher Stephanie Ricketts.

The reigning WAC freshman of the year is ready to make a difference for UH in her sophomore campaign.

The change this time around is that the rest of the WAC is ready for her too.

"I know I have to pitch different pitches this year and I've never been in the position where people know what I have." says Ricketts.

That's what success will do.Ricketts was forced to step up last season when the injury bug bit Hawaii's bullpen.  The result? How's about 22 wins, 178-strikeouts and a 1.78 ERA.

To top things off, Ricketts also spent more innings on the mound than all but three pitchers in program history and while most would take time off from a whirlwind year...

"I played in a summer league and really focused on developing pitches that I didn't rely on last year. So hopefully when we play the same teams, I can give them different looks and they won't know what to expect."

Teammate Amanda Taualii marvels at her quick development.

"Stephanie is amazing. She brings a presence to the mound and I think it's a presence you see with all dominating pitchers. She's got the right attitude and the passion for the game so it's really cool to be on her team."

But physical skills were never the concern for Ricketts...just ask Wahine Head Coach Bob Coolen.

"She needs to coral her instincts and emotions. She can't let little things bother her like the strike zone or if someone hits her best pitch over the fence... It's going to be up to her to see how far we can go with her" said Coolen.

The only destination Ricketts is concerned with is the NCAA post season.

A goal UH failed to reach last year for the first time in three seasons.

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