Mississippi State’s softball staff will now include one of the best hitters in NCAA Softball history. Former All-American Samantha Ricketts is joining Vann Stuedeman’s staff, according to a news release Monday, as a hitting coach. Ricketts comes to Starkville by way of Wichita State University where she was hitting coach for the Shockers.
While at Wichita State, she consistently improved the hitting production of the Shockers squad yearly. Before Ricketts came to Wichita State, they had a team batting average of .231. After three years of work by Ricketts on the Shockers squad, the team average has jumped to a .314 average. With this improved batting average, she helped the Shockers achieve their first regular-season softball title with the Mountain Valley Conference for a 21-6 record.
During her playing career with the University of Oklahoma Sooners, Ricketts broke multiple school records that stand to this day. She currently holds the Oklahoma career records for Home Runs (48) and RBIs (239). She also ranks third for extra-base hits, total bases, slugging percentage, and on-base percentage. She also held the Big 12 Conference Record for career RBIs. Ricketts was a four-time First-Team All-Big 12 selection and a two-time Academic First-Team All-Big 12 selection. In 2009, her senior season, she was named to the NFCA All-America Second Team and was a Top-10 Finalist for the Lowe’s Senior Class Award. In 2008, she was named to the Preseason USA Softball Player of the Year watch list and ESPN’s Preseason All-America Second-team.
After she graduated from Oklahoma, she was drafted as the 12th overall pick in the 2009 National Pro Fastpitch draft by the Akron Racers. She came back and was a graduate assistant coach in 2010 and 2011 for the Oklahoma softball team.