Oklahoma softball player named Big 12 Player of Week for 4th straight week


For the fourth consecutive week, an Oklahoma softball player has been named Big 12 Player of the Week.

Senior center-fielder Jayda Coleman enjoyed an exceptional week at the plate in helping lead Oklahoma to a three-game sweep of No. 24 Kansas and extending the top-ranked Sooners' consecutive game win streak to 16 and overall record to 34-1.

In addition to being named Player of the Week in the conference for the fourth time in her career, Coleman was also named the National Player of the Week by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association.

The Sooner leadoff hitter reached base 13 times in 14 plate appearances in the weekend road series at Kansas. She was six of seven at the plate for a sterling .857 batting average. Among those six hits were three home runs, four RBI and eight runs scored. She also drew seven walks (which do not count as official at bats).

Coleman's slash line (batting average/on-base percentage/slugging percentage) for the week was an NCAA-leading .857/.929/2.143. Her on-base percentage and slugging percentage led all of college softball last week.

The OU center fielder has reached base in 22 consecutive games. During that stretch, she has collected 27 hits, including eight home runs, five doubles, 19 RBI and 34 runs scored. In 76 total plate appearances during the 22-game on-base streak, Coleman has walked 26 times and struck out just once, exhibiting outstanding plate discipline.

Four different Oklahoma players have earned Big 12 Player of the Week honors in each of the past four weeks (Cydney Sanders, Tiare Jennings, Alynah Torres and Coleman). Coleman is the 110th Sooner player to win Player of the Week honors under OU head coach Patty Gasso.

Oklahoma State pitcher Lexi Kilfoyl (a teammate of OU's Kelly Maxwell last season) joined Coleman in receiving Big 12 honors this week as Pitcher of the Week in the conference.