NORMAN — For the second straight summer, Destinee Martinez will spend be on the softball diamond.
The Oklahoma graduate, who advanced to the Women’s College World Series each of the past four seasons with the Sooners, was named to her second stint on the national team. Her selection came after a solid performance during last week’s selection camp and the exhibition games played there.
Her performance was enough to impress coach Ken Eriksen, the USF coach who also oversaw Martinez when she was on the team last summer and helped to lead Team USA to the gold medal at the Pan American Games Qualifier last summer. In that event Martinez was key for the Americans, batting .375 while scoring 10 runs.
Martinez was one of 17 players selected to the national team from the 22 at the camp. She ended her career at OU last season with the fifth most at-bats in Big 12 history with 789. She was fourth in program history in at-bats and was eighth in both runs and stolen bases with 164 and 55, respectively. She was three-time All-Big 12 selection, being named to the first team in 2013 and 2011.
She was selected to Team USA for her ability to get on-base. She was an effective lead-off batter for much of her career at Oklahoma, and her ability to slap-hit and steal bases is something valued by coaches on the national team.
“For the last 12 days we’ve had incredible effort from these 22 athletes,” Eriksen said at the conclusion of the selection camp. “You could take anyone from this camp and create a great team and the chemistry of this team was amazing. The 22 here today make it very difficult to choose the final 17 but going forward into the summer we feel good about this solid group of women.”