NORMAN – Nine current and former members of the Oklahoma softball program have been invited to participate in the 2018 USA Softball Women’s National Team Selection Camp, it was announced Wednesday afternoon.
Former Sooners Shelby Pendley and Keilani Ricketts and current student-athletes Caleigh Clifton, Shay Knighten, Paige Lowary, Nicole Mendes and Sydney Romero are scheduled to take part in the camp, which takes place Jan. 1-5, 2018 at Eddie C. Moore Softball Complex in Clearwater, Fla.
Former Sooner Lauren Chamberlain and senior-to-be Paige Parker also received invitations but have declined to participate.
The nine invitations given to Sooners were more than any other program with Florida (8), Oregon (6), UCLA (6) and Arizona (5) the only other schools to receive at least five.
A total of 61 athletes were invited with 56 accepting the invitation. Those athletes who accepted the invitation to try out will vie for a spot on the 2018 USA Softball Women’s National Team roster which will compete at the World Baseball Softball Confederation Women's World Championship in Chiba, Japan, Aug. 2-12, 2018, the World Cup of Softball XIII and select invitational events.
During the selection process, athletes will participate in position drills as well as simulated games and be evaluated by the USA Softball Women’s National Team Selection Committee.