(University of Oklahoma Athletics Communications) - Oklahoma utility player Jocelyn Alo has been named the NFCA Freshman of the Year, the National Fastpitch Coaches Association announced Tuesday night at the NCAA Championship Banquet.
Alo has been outstanding at the plate in her first collegiate season, wowing the country with her power. She currently leads the nation in home runs with 28, just two blasts away from matching the Oklahoma single-season record. Alo also ranks first in home runs per game (0.48) while holding second in total bases (159) and third in slugging percentage (0.970).
Additionally, the freshman is fourth nationally in RBIs (70) and RBIs per game (1.21), seventh in runs scored per game (1.07), 13th in on-base percentage (0.545), 15th in walks per game (0.79) and 30th in batting average.
Alo was named the Big 12 Freshman of the Year after finishing conference play ranked first in home runs (9), walks (17), runs scored (18), RBIs (25), total bases (46) and slugging percentage (.979) while finishing second in on-base percentage (.554).
She was named Big 12 Player of the Week and the Louisville/Slugger NFCA Division I National Player of the Week following her performance in the Texas Tech series on March 23-25. Alo finished the series 4-for-5 (.800) with all four of her hits going out of the park. She garnered 16 total bases for a slugging percentage of 3.200 while drawing five walks for an on-base percentage of .900.
Alo is the second Sooner in four years to be named NFCA Freshman of the Year, joining Paige Parker in 2015. This is the fifth season overall that the NFCA has presented the award.
Alo and the Sooners return to action this week as they open the Women’s College World Series against No. 5 seed Washington Thursday at 1:30 p.m. CT.
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