Willard, Ricketts Named NFCA All-Americans
Willard, a Camarillo, Calif., native, was selected with an at-large pick as an outfielder after being named WAC Player of the Year. She was also a first team All-Pacific Region pick and was named to the all-WAC first team.
Willard was the only player in the nation ranked in the top-25 in nine different national batting categories at the end of the regular season, including RBI, RBI per game, slugging percentage, hits, home runs, batting average, home runs per game, doubles and on base percentage. Her 88 RBI and 1.54 RBI per game were both second-best in the nation in addition to ranking 14th and 11th, respectively, in the NCAA single-season record books.
Only one player in the nation in the last 14 years has posted a better single-season RBI per game mark than Willard's number this season while no one in NCAA history has hit more RBI (88) in fewer games (57) in NCAA history.
Willard finished the year hitting .418 with 71 hits, 88 RBI and 44 runs. The senior ended with 146 total bases, including 18 home runs, 17 doubles and two triples. Willard also racked up an .859 slugging percentage and .505 on base percentage while starting 57 games in right field.
Ricketts, a senior from San Jose, Calif., posted a 28-6 record this season with career-best statistics in shutouts (10), ERA (1.49), hits allowed (153), runs allowed (57), earned runs allowed (48) and opposing batting average (.191).
She helped lead UH to its fourth WAC regular-season title and its 10th appearance in the NCAA Tournament. Ricketts tossed a pair of no-hitters this season over San Jose State (March 24) and Fresno State (April 28) en route to becoming the first UH player to ever earn three WAC Pitcher of the Year awards.
In conference action, she posted a 12-1 record with a 1.07 ERA with four shutouts while holding opponents to a .172 batting average with 79 strikeouts. Ricketts was named WAC Pitcher of the Week five times this season and 12 times in her career. Earlier this month, she became just the second Rainbow Wahine to earn all-region honors all four seasons and the fifth UH player to earn all-WAC honors and seventh to earn all-conference honors all four years. She was a finalist for the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award and was a third team Academic All-American.
A four year starting pitcher, Ricketts leaves as Hawai'i's career leader in wins (102), appearances (164), starts (139), complete games (116), shutouts (33), innings pitched (938.1) and strikeouts (818).
Fifty-four student-athletes from 33 different institutions representing 13 conferences have earned the honor of being named to one of the three 2012 Division I All-America teams.