Softball: Pendley, Chamberlain Named All-Americans

Posted by Gilbert Sam on 11:26 AM
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For the 10th straight season, the Oklahoma softball team features a pair of All-Americans as juniors Shelby Pendley and Lauren Chamberlain were recognized by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association at a press conference Wednesday.

Pendley was named a First-Team All-American for the first time in her career as an at-large at third base. It’s the second straight season that she has been recognized by the NFCA, adding to her second-team status from a year ago.

Pendley leads the Sooners in several offensive categories, including hits (79), runs (64), home runs (17), runs batted in (74) and doubles (18) and is a perfect 13-13 on stolen base attempts. Nationally, she ranks in the top 25 of seven different offensive categories, including ninth with 1.21 RBI per game.

Oklahoma has had at least one First-Team All-American each season since 2009. In total, the program has seen 27 players earn 47 All-American honors.

After being named a First-Team All-American in each of her first two seasons, Chamberlain was placed on the third team as an at-large at first base in 2014 mostly as a result of missing 25 games due to injury. Nevertheless, the Trabuco Canyon, Calif., native becomes the seventh three-time All-American in program history.

Despite missing those games because of injury, Chamberlain is still hitting .371 on the season with 12 home runs and 44 runs scored. Her 47 walks lead the team and are ninth in the nation. Her .591 on-base percentage would rank second in the country if she had enough plate appearances to qualify.

As a duo, Pendley and Chamberlain have combined to hit 130 home runs combined in their careers. That's the most for any teammates in the country. They will enter next season as the top two active leaders in home runs.

The seventh-seeded Sooners begin play at the 2014 Women’s College World Series Thursday night when they take on No. 2 Alabama at 8:30 p.m. on ESPN2.

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