Softball Stars Earn All-Big 12 Honors

May 10, 2000

OKLAHOMA CITY -- Five Oklahoma State Cowgirls highlight the coaches' 2000 All-Big 12 softball team.

Three Cowgirls were named to the first team, including Kristy Jennings, Jenny Kipp and Ryan Realmuto. Kipp was also named first-team Academic All-Big 12.

Jennings, the Cowgirls' freshman designated player, is second on the team with a .356 batting average and leads the Cowgirls with six home runs, 42 runs batted in and a .589 slugging percentage.

At third base, Kipp is a first-time All-Big 12 selection. Her .365 batting average leads the Cowgirls and is good enough for sixth in the league. She also set a school record for consecutive successful stole bases with 12.

Realmuto, a freshman outfielder, earned first-team All-Big 12 honors as a utility player. Realmuto batted .244 on the season with two home runs, 15 RBIs and 16 runs scored. Her .975 fielding percentage was the highest among any of the Cowgirl regulars.

Two more Cowgirls, pitcher Lauren Bay and outfielder Amanda Hayes, were named to the All-Big 12 second team. A freshman, Bay went 15-12 on the season with a 1.96 earned run average. She appeared in 35 games for the Cowgirls while starting 24 games and finishing 15 games with five shutouts. Hayes hit .297 on the season with nine doubles, three home runs and 23 RBIs.

The Academic All-Big 12 team was also announced, with five Cowgirls represented on the first team and one on the second team. First-team members include Shelly Graham, Kipp, Sarah Knife Chief, Jennifer Olival and Christina Shaddox. Cowgirl Lezli Leathers was named to the second team. The first team consists of those who have maintained a 3.2 or better grade-point average, while the second team are those who have a 3.0 to 3.19.

Oklahoma State
All-Big 12 Selections

First Team

Pos. Name Class Hometown DP Kristy Jennings Fr. Melbourne, Australia 3B Jenny Kipp So. Gilbert, Ariz. UT Ryan Realmuto Fr. Del City, Okla.

Second Team

P Lauren Bay Fr. Trail, British Columbia, Canada OF Amanda Hayes Jr. Clyde, Texas

Academic All-Big 12

First Team

Name Class Major Hometown Shelly Graham Sr. Biology Edmond, Okla. Jenny Kipp So. Marketing Gilbert, Ariz. Sarah Knife Chief Sr. Zoology Claremore, Okla. Jennifer Olival Sr. Marketing Choctaw, Okla. Christina Shaddox Sr. Marketing Bixby, Okla.

Second Team

Lezli Leathers Jr. Education Stroud, Okla.



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