Oklahoma to Host USSSA Pride Friday

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Karl Anderson
By Karl Anderson
Assistant Director of Communications
OCTOBER 04, 2016

NORMAN -- Former Sooner All-Americans Lauren Chamberlain and Shelby Pendley are scheduled to return to Norman on Friday, Oct. 21, as the Oklahoma softball team plays host to the USSSA Pride as part of the Pride's 2016 Fall Tour.

Tickets are on now sold out, but SoonerSports.TV will provide a free live stream of the game.

First pitch is scheduled for 6:30 p.m., and the first 200 fans will receive pink t-shirts. All other fans are encourage to wear pink in support of breast cancer awareness. After the game, both teams will be available for autographs.

“I am very excited to return to the University of Oklahoma during the fall tour," Chamberlain said in a release from the Pride. "I have had so many incredible moments on Marita Hynes Field, so it is a very special place to me.

“It is a great time for softball in Oklahoma, especially with the girls being fresh off of a national championship. The competition will be there, and I know there will be a great crowd. Oklahoma did so much for me, and so has the NPF, so getting to merge two very important parts of my life is a blessing. I can’t wait.”

A four-time All-American, Chamberlain ended her career as the NCAA's all-time home run leader with 95 and had the best slugging percentage in NCAA history at .960. She also finished her career fifth all-time in Division I in runs scored (272), ninth in walks (207) and 10th in runs batted in (254). The 2015 Big 12 Female Athlete of the Year, Chamberlain was the No. 1 overall pick in the 2015 NPF Draft by the Pride.

Pendley was the NPF's Rookie of the Year for the Pride in 2015 after being taken with the second overall pick behind Chamberlain. Pendley was a three-time All-American at OU and was the Big 12 Player of the Year in 2013 and 2015. She finished her career sixth in NCAA history with 84 career home runs, seventh with 269 RBI and 11th with a .842 slugging percentage. Shelby is also the older sister of current Oklahoma senior Nicole Pendley.

During their three years together at Oklahoma, Chamberlain and Pendley led OU to a combined record of 154-26 (.856), three Big 12 championships and two trips to the Women's College World Series, including the 2013 National Championship.

In addition to Chamberlain and Pendley, the Pride's roster is also expected to have 2016 NPF Player of the Year Kelly Kretschman, 2016 USA Softball Player of the Year Sierra Romero (who is the older sister to OU sophomore Sydney Romero), 2013 Offensive Player of the Year GiOnna DiSalvatore, 2016 All-NPF pitcher Jolene Henderson and former WCWS Most Outstanding Pitcher Hannah Rogers.

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