NORMAN, Okla. – Junior Shelby Pendley has been named Big 12 Player of the Week for the first time this season and the fourth time in her career, the conference announced Tuesday.
Pendley helped ignite OU’s offense as the team went 5-0 out of conference play last week. The Rio Rancho, N.M., native hit .333 with a .412 on-base percentage and .800 slugging mark. She led the Sooners in triples (2), RBI (11) and total bases (12) and added four runs, a home run and a stolen base.
Tuesday against Central Arkansas, Pendley hit a grand slam to break a scoreless tie en route to an 8-0, run-rule victory. It was her second grand slam of the year and third of her career.
After going 0-3 against North Texas Wednesday, Pendley bounced back to help OU take the opening game of a doubleheader against UAB, 11-3, in five innings Saturday. She hit a two-run single to start a seven-run second inning and added a stolen base later.
Pendley made history in the team’s 8-4 win in game two of the doubleheader Saturday, tying the school record with two triples. She hit a bases-loaded triple in the second inning and then added a two-run triple in the fourth. It was the ninth time in program history a player hit two triples.
Oklahoma has now had four Big 12 Players of the Week this season, the most of any team in the conference. In addition to Pendley, Kady Self (April 1), Whitney Ellis (March 11) and Destinee Martinez (Feb. 25) have all been recognized this year.
Kelsey Stevens has also taken home two Big 12 Pitcher of the Week honors in 2014. The six total weekly awards won by the Sooners are the most of any school in the league.
Oklahoma is back on the field Wednesday at Arkansas for its final non-conference game of the regular season. First pitch is scheduled for 3 p.m.