OKLAHOMA CITY (HawaiiNewsNow) —University of Hawai‘i softball pitcher Stephanie Ricketts was named a Lowe's Senior CLASS Award First-Team All-American on Friday in Oklahoma, City, Okla. It was the third All-America honor for the senior from San Jose, Calif. She is the first Rainbow Wahine to ever earn the prestigious accolade.
Ricketts was one of 10 finalists for the top award, which was given to California's Valerie Arioto on Friday at the Women's College World Series. Arioto and the All-American teams were chosen by a nationwide vote of Division I softball head coaches, national media and fans. To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must be classified as an NCAA Division I senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence – community, classroom, character and competition.
Earlier this month, Ricketts was named a CoSIDA Academic All-American (third team) and a National Fastpitch Coaches Association All-American (second team). Ricketts earned her bachelor's degree in four years from UH in psychology and has been accepted into the University of Hawai‘i's master's of nursing program for next year. She is a member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars, a two-time NFCA scholar-athlete, and a three-time all-academic WAC player.
Ricketts also had a stellar senior season on the field, recording a 28-6 overall record with a career-best .824 win percentage with 30 complete games and a career-high 10 shut outs. She logged 226.0 innings in the pitching circle with 92 walks and 229 strike outs while holding opponents to a career-low .191 batting average. Ricketts leaves UH as the program's career record holder with 102 wins, 33 shut outs, 116 complete games, 164 appearances, 938.1 innings pitched, with 818 strike outs.
Ricketts has been a life-long volunteer from her days in high school in San Jose, Calif,. where she spent time volunteering at the Good Samaritan Hospital in the Mother-Baby Unit; at the Sacred Heart Community Center in San Jose helping distribute care packages to homeless families and singles; at the Agnews Developmental Center where she worked with mentally challenged patients; and at the Villa Sienna Nusrsing Facility where she helped work with patients with Alzheimer's and dementia. In Hawai'i, she has worked as a Special Olympics volunteer; has been a four-year participant at the annual Kids' Fest which promotes healthy lifestyles to children; has served as a camp instructor at the UH softball camps; is currently a Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) representative for her senior year; and this past summer, Ricketts and her sisters Samantha and Keilani served as instructors/supervisors at a clinic in Pago Pago, Samoa, where they taught the value of education and athletics while trying to teach the Samoan youth the game of softball.
An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School®, the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award focuses on the total student-athlete and encourages students to use their platform in athletics to make a positive impact as leaders in their communities.
Lowe's Senior CLASS Award First-Team All-Americans
Valerie Arioto, Pitcher/First Base, California
Michelle Moultrie, Centerfield, Florida
Christi Orgeron, Utility, Louisiana
Cassie Reilly-Boccia, Outfield/First Base, Alabama
Stephanie Ricketts, Pitcher, Hawai‘i