Four Sooners Named To Big 12 Preseason Team

One third of the Big 12 Softball Preseason Team play for Oklahoma. The 12-player squad, chosen by the conference coaches, was released on Thursday and was highlighted by four Sooners. Redshirt senior Jocelyn Alo, junior Kinzie Hansen and sophomores Jayda Coleman and Tiare Jennings were all named with Jennings being one of two unanimous selections to the team.

2022 Big 12 Softball Preseason Team

Name, School   Pos.Cl.   Hometown
Mikayla Ramos, Iowa StateC    Sr.    Riverside, Calif.
Jocelyn Alo, OklahomaUtilitySr.Hauula, Hawaii
Jayda Coleman, OklahomaUtilitySo.The Colony, Texas
Kinzie Hansen, OklahomaCJr.Norco, Calif.
Tiare Jennings, Oklahoma*IFSo.San Pedro, Calif.
Hayley Busby, Oklahoma StateOFGr.Phoenix, Ariz.
Chyenne Factor, Oklahoma StateOFSr.Yukon, Okla.
Kelly Maxwell, Oklahoma StatePJr.Friendswood, Texas
Kiley Naomi, Oklahoma StateIFSr.Maurice, La.
Mary Iakopo, TexasCSr.Carson, Calif.
Janae Jefferson, Texas*IFSr.Humble, Texas
Shea O’Leary, TexasRHPJr.Castaic, Calif.

* – denotes unanimous selection 

Alo is the reigning Big 12 and USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year after recording program records for home runs (34), batting average (.475) and total bases (203) in 2021, including an NCAA-best 1.109 slugging percentage. She was also a First Team NFCA All-American last season.

Jennings was the 2021 NFCA DI National Freshman of the Year and unanimous NFCA First Team All-American after having one of the most dominant first-year campaigns in not only Oklahoma, but NCAA history. Named as the Big 12 Freshman of the Year, she set the NCAA single-season freshman RBI record with 92 and finished with 27 home runs on the season, just three away from the NCAA freshman HR record. Jennings also led the NCAA with 25 doubles and was second nationally behind Alo with a 1.000 slugging percentage.

Coleman was named a NFCA First Team All-American and top-three finalist for the NFCA Division I National Freshman of the Year, was an All-Big 12 and all-freshman team selection a season ago. Oklahoma’s centerfielder led the team with 20 stolen bases and ranked second on the team with a .545 on-base percentage to go with nine home runs, 11 doubles and 53 RBIs.

Hansen, also a NFCA All-American, ranked fifth in the country a season ago with 24 home runs while also batting .438 with 66 RBIs. She started all but two games behind the plate or at first base for the Sooners and was the 2021 Big 12 Tournament Most Outstanding Player after allowing just three runners to steal on her.

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