KEY D1 TRANSFERS
Three transfers which could have significant effects on the coming season involve hard-hitting freshman shortstop Shelby Pendley leaving Arizona to become an Oklahoma Sooner, where she adds to an already powerful lineup; Kellie Fox leaving UCLA where she starred for two years at shortstop to become an Arizona Wildcat; and Gracie Goulder leaving Georgia where she started at 3rd to become a UCLA Bruin.
Shelby Pendley, an infielder who spent her freshman season at the University of Arizona, has transferred to the Oklahoma softball program, head coach Patty Gasso has announced. Pendley is cleared to play this season and will have three years of eligibility remaining.
“We’re very pleased about the addition,” Gasso said. “Shelby is very athletic and versatile, so she helps solidify our infield at any position. She also has incredible strength at the plate.The challenge for Shelby now is to learn our system and learn it quickly, which I don’t think she’ll have any problem with. She’s so hungry to learn, and you can feel that. She’s a sponge and she wants to learn, wants to know and wants to be taught.”
Pendley said that she has enjoyed her experience since joining the OU roster before the spring semester.”The experience has been great,” she said. “The atmosphere, not just on campus, but also off campus has been great. I love Oklahoma, the campus, the coaches, the girls; I just love this whole atmosphere. It’s very family-oriented, and that’s what I like.”
An All-Pac-12 First Team honoree, Pendley started all 57 games at shortstop and led the Wildcats in slugging percentage (.703) and home runs (19). She also finished second on the squad with a .331 batting average, 55 runs batted in, 121 total bases and 39 runs scored.
“She has a tremendous work habit; she’s the first one there and the last to leave,” Gasso added. “Thus far it’s been a good fit, and we’re excited to have an experienced player who definitely will have a hand in our success. She has so much power, which is one of our strengths already, so adding her to the lineup potentially is lethal because you just can’t throw around anybody to get to someone else.”
Her home run total put her 13th nationally and two off the Arizona freshman record. She joins an Oklahoma lineup that ranked second in the country with 1.59 home runs per game and set school and conference records with 102 homers on the year.
The Rio Rancho, N.M., native also ranked 55th in the nation with 55 RBI, hit seven doubles and reached base at a .413 clip.
Pendley joins an OU roster that returns 13 letterwinners from a squad that reached Championship Finals of the Women’s College World Series. In addition, she will be one of eight new players, including seven freshmen from the state of Oklahoma.
UCLA’s starting shortstop and reliable slugger has transferred to Arizona, where sister Kristie played four memorable years at short for Coach Mike Candrea.
2013: Tranferred to Arizona … Must redshirt season per NCAA transfer rules.
2012 (UCLA): Fox was one of five Bruins to start all 56 games, leading the squad with four sacrifice hits, ranking second with 10 stolen bases and hitting .251 with four home runs and 22 runs batted in … added nine doubles, 18 walks and 27 runs scored … had nine multiple-hit games and six multi-RBI contests … recorded three hitting streaks of at least five games, including a seven-gamer between March 24-April 5 in which she hit .500 (11-for-22) with five RBI, seven runs, two doubles, two steals and a homer … went 2-for-2 with a two-run homer against Oregon State on April 1 … had three hits and three runs in the first game of a doubleheader at Cal Poly (March 27) and added two more hits in the nightcap, swiping a base in each contest … drove in a pair at UC Santa Barbara (March 24) … had a six-game hitting streak from March 3-10, batting .438 (7-for-16) with 10 runs batted in, including an RBI in each of the last four contests of the streak … recorded her second-career, two-homer game against Michigan State on March 7, driving in a personal-best five … had a three-run triple versus Charleston Southern (March 10) … began the season on a five-game hitting streak, batting .474 (9-for-19) with three RBI and three steals … went 2-for-3 in the season opener against Kentucky (Feb. 9) and 3-for-3 two days later versus the Wildcats … had two hits, two RBI and two steals at Loyola Marymount on Feb. 14 … hit a two-run homer against Fresno State (Feb. 25) … went 3-for-3 with two doubles and two runs against Stanford on April 10 … posted two hits against Missouri (Feb. 26) and two runs versus Arizona (May 4).
2011 (UCLA): Was named to the All-Pac-10 First Team and the All-Freshman squad after placing tied for second on the team with 11 home runs, solo second with 45 runs batted in, a .608 slugging, eight sacrifice hits and six stolen bases, tied for first with 29 walks and third with a .342 batting average, 96 total bases and a .445 on base percentage … had 10 multiple-RBI games, which was second on the club, and 11 multi-hit contests … one of three Bruins to start all 55 games, all at shortstop … posted hits in three games at the Gainesville Regional, going 2-for-5 with a run scored against Jacksonville on May 21 … went 3-for-8 (.375) in the Arizona series (May 6-8) with a solo homer in game one … smashed a three-run homer on April 21 against Washington, going 2-for-3, and was walked three times on April 22 … belted her second grand slam of the season in the first inning of an April 15 win at Arizona State … went 2-for-4 with two RBI and a double versus Loyola Marymount on April 6 … posted an eight-game hitting streak from March 12-April 2, batting .450 (9-for-20) with 13 RBI (at least one in each of the last seven contests of the streak), seven runs scored, three homers and eight walks … had three RBI on a two-run homer and an RBI groundout, also scoring and walking twice on April 2 against Oregon State … went 2-for-2 with two runs scored and a two-run homer versus Ohio on March 24 … posted her second, nine-game hitting streak of the season (Feb. 25-March 11), batting .500 (14-for-28) with six RBI, nine runs scored, two homers and three stolen bases … hit a three-run homer against BYU on March 12 … posted her first-career, two-homer game against San Diego State on March 5, belting a two-run shot and a solo bomb … went 2-for-3 with an RBI on a bases-loaded walk against BYU (March 4) … went 7-for-17 (.412) at the Cathedral City Classic with four runs scored … had a pair of singles, two runs scored, an RBI and her first collegiate stolen base against Ohio State (Feb. 27) … went 2-for-3 with a sacrifice bunt earlier in the day versus Northwestern … posted two singles and scored a run against Oklahoma (Feb. 25) … hit a grand slam at Northridge on Feb. 23 … had hits in each of her first nine collegiate games, batting .480 (12-for-25) with two homers, 11 RBI and 10 runs scored … went 3-for-3 with two doubles, an RBI and a walk against Arkansas on Feb. 18 … posted two singles and drove in a run versus Utah on Feb. 19 … hit her first collegiate homer, a solo shot, on Feb. 11 against North Dakota State … added a three-run bomb on Feb. 12 against UCF, also scoring twice and drawing a walk … scored three times and had an RBI double with a walk in the season opener versus Utah State (Feb. 11) … drove in a pair on a bases-loaded walk and an RBI si
The 3rd base for the Georgia Bulldogs last season, Gracie is now on the UCLA roster. (No bio was available.) Goulder started all 62 games for Georgia last year, batting .273.