Friday, March 15, 2013

Softball: Shelby Pendley Named Big 12 Player of the Week

In the midst of a torrid stretch at the plate, sophomore infielder Shelby Pendley has been named the Big 12 Player of the Week, the conference announced Tuesday.

In going 4-0 against Northern Colorado and Drake, Pendley hit .778 (7-9) while posting an on-base percentage of .857 and a slugging percentage of 2.333. Of her seven hits, four went for home runs and two were doubles. Pendley scored 10 runs, drove in 13 more, drew five walks and did not strike out.

For Pendley, who played at Arizona last season, it’s the first weekly conference honors of her career. She’s the second Sooner to be named Big 12 Player of the Week this year, joining Lauren Chamberlain who won on Feb. 12.

Of the 10 honors handed out this season by the Big 12 for Player and Pitcher of the Week, Oklahoma has taken home five awards. Keilani Ricketts has been named Pitcher of the Week twice (Feb. 12, 26), while Michelle Gascoigne won once (Feb. 19).

The weekend started for Pendley with a pair of three-run home runs for Pendley against Northern Colorado on Friday. She added an RBI double later in the game, finishing 3-3 with a walk, two runs scored and seven RBI, one off her career high. Later on Friday night against Drake, she was 2-3 with two runs scored and a walk, including an RBI double.

In Saturday's rematch against Northern Colorado, Pendley didn't record a hit but walked three times, including one with the bases loaded, and scored three runs. The sophomore recorded her second multi-home run game of the weekend on Saturday against Drake as she was 2-3 with three runs scored and four runs batted in. She hit a two-run home run in the second inning, then followed in the next inning with a solo shot.

Since Feb. 23 (nine games), Pendley is hitting .789 (15-19) with a .867 on-base percentage and a 1.684 slugging percentage. She has 13 runs, four home runs, five doubles, 14 RBI, 11 walks and zero strikeouts over that span and has seen her season batting average climb from .262 to .426.

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