Just ahead of the Women’s College World Series, the USA Softball and the NFCA teamed up to present the National Freshman of the Year Award. With two representatives from the Sooners featured as finalists, the chances of claiming the title remained high. As expected, Oklahoma infielder Tiare Jennings was earned the honor after a stellar rookie campaign.
Behind 25 homeruns, Jennings quickly became a household name across the sport. The number ranks second in the country. Additionally, the freshman secured an impressive 82 hits in 169 at-bats. Averaging out to .485 in the batters box, the 2B/3B found herself near the top of all players at fifth in the nation. However, it’s her ability to earn an extra base hit that really sets her apart. Aside for the long ball, Jennings also recorded 22 doubles which falls third amongst all players at the collegiate level. Considering the performance at the plate, it’s easy to forget that Jennings is truly in her first year as a college student athlete.
As a part of the best defense in all of college softball, Jennings held her own in the infield. Routinely making plays that fans have come to expect from Oklahoma, the frosh posted a .972 fielding percentage. In 52 games at various positions, Jennings only committed three errors to nine double plays and 55 putouts.
The future is certainly bright for the Sooners as Jennings will likely continue to impressive with more experience under her belt. For now, the freshman is focused on bringing home yet another National Championship by contributing in major ways on the biggest of stages.