“OU Hopes Pitt Transfer Follows In Footsteps Of Recent Transfers” Written By Bill Plummer
In recent years the University of Oklahoma softball program has had good luck with transfers.
After her freshman year at Arizona, Shelby Pendley transferred to Oklahoma and has developed into one of the team's mainstays, playing third and pitching. In 2014, she was named to the WCWS All-Tournament team, batting .444 after being named an All-American earlier. Pitcher Kelsey Stevens left Stanford after her frosh season and she had a record-breaking sophomore season for the Sooners, winning 38 games as the only experienced pitcher on the team. The number of wins is a single-season OU record.
In 2015, OU hopes University of Pittsburgh transfer, outfielder Tori Nirschi, duplicates the success of Pendley and Stevens. Nirschi played her first two years at Pittsburgh and batted .333 and 287 during that span, with decent power, hitting 19 homers.
“I am very excited to get an athlete as experienced like Tori to join us for what we believe will be a very special season,” said OU head coach Patty Gasso ” Tori will fit in with this team in a fantastic way as she brings left-handed power.”
Nirschi is expected to play the outfield and could be one of the mainstays, replacing standout outfielder Destiney Martinez, who graduated.
Gasso is hoping that 2015 be another special year in the history of the OU program. The years 2000 and 2013 were special years and the Sooners earnmarked them by winning national titles.
The 2014 team was recognized after the first quarter of the OU football home opener against Louisiana Tech in recognition for winning the 2014 Big 12 Championship.
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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