Cydney Sanders named Big 12 Player of the Week

It was a huge weekend on the diamond for the Oklahoma Sooners. OU Baseball swept UCF, and OU Softball swept Iowa State. Both programs crushed the ball, putting up 29 runs over the weekend. For OU Baseball, Easton Carmichael was named Co-Big 12 Player of the Week. Now it’s softball’s turn to earn some honors as Cydney Sanders was named Big 12 Player of the Week.

Sanders was awesome last week, batting .714 with four home runs and nine RBIs. All four home runs came in the weekend series against the Cyclones, with three coming during Saturday’s doubleheader. During Oklahoma’s 4-0 week, Sanders also drew five walks.

Sanders is having the type of month that could propel her into the National Player of the Year discussion if she’s able to keep this pace. Ahead of their double header with Tarleton State, Sanders has six home runs and 15 RBIs in the month of March.

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She’s in the midst of a huge bounce-back season after hitting just .284 with nine home runs and 31 RBIs in 2023. That came after a breakout freshman season with Arizona State, where she hit .425 with 21 home runs and 63 RBIs.

This season, she’s already hit eight home runs, just one away from matching her total from last season. Sanders is batting .385, has 20 RBIs, and leads the Sooners with 15 walks.

Sanders and the Sooners next take the field in a double-header against Tarleton State on Tuesday before traveling to Lubbock for a three-game series against Texas Tech.

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