Straight From The Bush: ALO NAMED NATIONAL PLAYER OF THE WEEK
NORMAN — Oklahoma softball freshman Jocelyn Alo was named Louisville/Slugger NFCA Division I National Player of the Week, the National Fastpitch Coaches Association announced Tuesday.
Alo, who was also named Big 12 Player of the Week on Monday, is the first Sooner to earn weekly recognition from the NFCA since Paige Parker was named Pitcher of the Week in April 2015.
Alo, Parker and former Sooner Keilani Ricketts are the only freshmen in program history to receive a national weekly nod as Parker was named NFCA Pitcher of the Week and USA Softball Player of the Week in 2015 and Ricketts was named USA Softball Player of the Week in 2010.
Against Texas Tech last weekend, Alo was dominant with her power at the plate. She was 4-for-5 (.800) in the first Big 12 series of her career, with all four of her hits going out of the park. Alo finished the weekend with a slugging percentage of 3.200 over three games with 16 total bases.
The Hauula, Hawaii, native drove in 10 runs and scored six over the weekend. In Sunday’s game, Alo recorded her second career game with multiple home runs as she drilled a pair of three-run blasts to record a single-game career-high six RBIs.
Alo also drew walks in five of her 10 plate appearances. She totaled an on-base percentage of .900 while extending her on-base streak to 20 games, which leads the team this season.
In the opening weekend of Big 12 play, Alo led the conference in home runs, runs scored, RBIs, total bases, on-base percentage and slugging percentage while tying for first in walks and batting average.
Additionally, Alo was impressive in March 19’s contest at CSUN as she scored both of OU’s runs. The freshman homered in the first inning and scored the game-winning run in the top of the 11th.
Alo stands as the national leader in slugging percentage (1.134) and home runs per game (0.53). She ranks second in home runs (16), fourth in total bases (93) and fifth in on-base percentage (0.598).
The Sooners return to action on March 29-31 as they travel to Waco, Texas, to take on No. 13/14 Baylor. OU has won 19 straight games, good for the longest active streak in Division I softball.