Oklahoma Sooners

Oklahoma Nearly Sweeps Big 12 Softball Awards

M. Hofeld

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The Oklahoma Sooners had an unprecedented season in 2018 and in doing so earned a ton of recognition. Four days after completing a Bedlam sweep that allowed OU to finish conference play with a perfect 18-0 record, the Sooners filled four of the five spots for yearly conference awards and placed eight nominees on for all-conference.

Paige Parker was named Pitcher of the Year, Kelsey Arnold Defensive Player of the Year, Jocelyn Alo earned Freshman of the Year and Patty Gasso was awarded Coach of the Year.

It was the fourth time in her storied career that Parker was named Pitcher of the Year and only the second time in conference history that someone has done that. For Arnold, it was her second time to be Defensive Player of the Year and just the fourth time a conference player has won it twice.

Jocelyn Alo became the fourth consecutive player from Oklahoma to win Freshman of the Year. She joins current teammates Paige Parker (2015), Shay Knighten (2016) and Nicole Mendes (2017) with the award and is the seventh player overall from OU to receive it.

Winning Coach of the Year is becoming habit for Gasso. Wednesday marked the eleventh time in her career that she’s received the award and seventh consecutive time.

Alo and Parker were joined by Knighten, senior Paige Lowary and junior Sydney Romero on the All-Big 12 First Team. Five first-team selections are the tied for second-most in program history, with the 2000 Sooners earning six.

Arnold was named to the All-Big 12 Second Team along with classmate Nicole Pendley and junior Caleigh Clifton.

Alo and infielder Eliyah Flores were placed on the All-Big 12 Freshman Team.

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