“Four Sooners Recognized For Academic Success” Written By Bill Plummer
NORMAN, OKLA – Javen Henson, Shelby Pendley, Jessica Vest and Kelsey Stevens have more in common besides being a member of the OU softball team. Each is an All-America Scholar Athlete for the 2013-14 season as recognized by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association. Student-athletes need a grade-point average of 3.5 or higher to earn this recognition.
Student-athletes need a grade-point average of 3.5 or higher to earn such distinction.
A three-time Academic All-Big 12 First Team honoree and health and exercise science major, Henson played in 50 games for the Sooners with 40 starts. She led the team in sacrifice bunts with nine and sacrifice flies with three. Henson was a senior during the 2013-14 season.
Pendley, majoring in multidisciplinary studies with an emphasis in coaching and leadership, was a 2014 NFCA First-Team All-American and member of the 2014 Women’s College World Series All-Tournament Team. She batted .444 in the WCWS. She started all 64 games and led the Big 12 in batting average, hits, runs, home runs, doubles, RBI, total bases, on-base percentage and slugging percentage.
Vest is a two-time Academic All-District honoree and has twice been named to the Academic All-Big 12 First Team. A multidisciplinary studies major with an emphasis in health and society, Vest played in 55 games a year ago with 38 starts.
Majoring in entrepreneurship, Stevens was a 2014 All-Region Second Team and 2014 All-Big 12 First Team honoree. She tied for the national lead in wins with 38, setting an OU single-season record along the way. She also set Oklahoma records for appearances (57) and starts (50) in one season. She led the Big 12 in innings pitched, appearances, games started and tied for the conference lead in complete games.
Bill Plummer A 1973 graduate of Indiana University, Ind. Bill has been involved in softball for more than five decades. For 30 years he was a fixture at the ASA National Office in Oklahoma City as a communications coordinator, manager of the ASA National Softball Hall of Fame and historian.
In addition, he also served as the editor of the ASA official newsletter, The Inside Pitch, and as the Trade Show manager. He has written widely about the sport and has contributed to 14 books. In 2008, he authored “The Game America Plays.” In 2012, he co-authored “Best of the Best-Women’s Fastpitch.” In 2013 he co-authored “A Series Of Their Own”. Visit his website at PlummerSoftball.com.
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