Nebraska's incoming freshman class includes three state players of the year.
Photo by Scott Bruhn/Nebraska Communications

Incoming Freshmen Honored

By NU Athletic Communications

Incoming freshmen softball players Hailey Decker, Emily Lockman and Kiki Stokes were honored this week for outstanding senior seasons this spring. Decker was tabbed as Oregon's player of the year, while Lockman was named California's Ms. Softball 2012 and Stokes was named a first-team NFCA High School All-American.

Decker was named Oregon's player of the year for the second straight season, earning honors from the state's coaches. A native of Keizer, Ore., Decker was limited to 60 at bats in her senior season for McNary High School, as teams elected to pitch around her. She drew 25 walks and batted .633 with 12 doubles, one triple, three home runs and 31 RBIs. She also added 12 stolen bases in 13 attempts and scored 41 runs.

For Lockman, a right-handed pitcher from Norco, Calif., she took home her second California state player-of-the-year award. After being named the California Gatorade Player of the Year earlier this month, she was also selected as the state's top player by ESPNHS. Lockman led Norco High School to a CIF Southern Section Division I championship and a No. 1 national ranking this spring. She posted a 31-2 record with a 0.35 ERA in 220 innings. She struck out 155 and walked only 11, while posting a school-record 21 shutouts. At the plate, Lockman batted .389 with 42 hits, four home runs, 30 RBIs and 22 runs scored. Lockman joined an elite list of recent Ms. Softball selections, including Keilani Ricketts, the 2009 winner who was selected as the nation's top collegiate player this spring.

Stokes also earned repeat honors this week, as she was named an NFCA High School All-American for the third straight season. She was a second-team selection as a sophomore in 2010 and earned first-team honors as both a junior in 2011 and a senior in 2012. This spring, Stokes led Olathe (Kan.) East High School the Kansas Class 6A state championship. The Hawks' leadoff hitter, the speedy Stokes batted .603 with a .656 on-base percentage and 29 stolen bases.

Decker, Lockman and Stokes are three of seven talented players who will be freshmen for the Huskers this fall. Overall, Alicia Armstrong (Nebraska), Decker (Oregon) and Lockman (California) were each named their respective state's player of the year as a senior.


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