Thursday, June 14, 2012

OU's Jessica Shults Named to Team USA

NORMAN, Okla. -- The Amateur Softball Association (ASA) announced the final five selections for the 2012 U.S. National Team, including Oklahoma catcher Jessica Shults, after 20 players attended a team selection camp in Ashland, Ohio. Shults joins pitcher Keilani Ricketts, who was already named to the team in January, to give the squad an Oklahoma pitching battery.

"I'm very proud of Jessica and her selection to the U.S. National Team," OU head coach Patty Gasso said. "Obviously, to have not only teammates, but the pitcher and catcher from the same team represent their country on the premier stage of softball speaks volumes for our program at the University of Oklahoma. To perform at this level is quite an accomplishment, and for Jessica, who has battled remarkably from the adversity she faced last year, it is extraordinarily gratifying."

Two other Oklahoma players, Lauren Chamberlain and Destinee Martinez, were part of the team selection camp and will play on the USA Elite Team team that will participate in a series of exhibition games over the course of the next six days in Summersville, W.Va. (June 14) and Ashland, Ohio (June 18).

Wednesday's announcement marked the second straight year that both Ricketts and Shults have been named to the U.S. National Team as the two helped the American squad to its fifth straight World Cup of Softball title. Ricketts would later go on to help the team to gold at the Pan American Games last fall.

The USA Women's National team will compete in six different events in the United States and Canada this summer. Fans in the United States will get four opportunities to see the team in action with two exhibition stops scheduled as well as the Title IX 40th Anniversary Celebration Game against Canada on June 23 and the World Cup of Softball VII presented by Lumber Liquidators, June 27- July 2, in Oklahoma City.

Following the World Cup, the Women's National Team is slated to compete at the Canadian Open Fast Pitch International Championship in Surrey, B.C., Canada, July 4-9, and July 13-22 at the International Softball Federation (ISF) Women's World Championship in Whitehorse, Yukon, Canada.

./// SoonerSports PR
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