NORMAN — Shelby Pendley transferred from Arizona to Oklahoma after her freshman season, became the 2013 Big 12 Player of the Year and played an important role through the Sooners’ national-title run.
Now, OU turns to another Pac-12 transfer, hoping for similar results in 2014.
Oklahoma announced Tuesday that Kelsey Stevens, a sophomore-to-be pitcher who played last season at Stanford, will transfer to OU with three years of eligibility beginning next spring.
“We’ve watched Kelsey since she was in high school and were impressed with her skills,” OU coach Patty Gasso said in a news release.
“She refined those skills at Stanford and was very tough against us when we faced her last season. We look forward to her joining our pitching staff.”
OU faced Stevens in last year’s season opener Feb. 8. The Sooners scored five runs in the top of the first before Stevens entered the game and struck out seven batters, limiting OU to one run and two hits over the game’s last six innings.
Stevens, an Albuquerque, N.M., native, was named to the All-Pac 12 Freshman Team last season, when she was 15-7 with a 2.99 ERA and 163 strikeouts. She threw 10 complete games with seven shutouts.
“She will be a great addition and gives us experience in the circle, which we will need,” Gasso said. “We return a strong offense next season, and I believe that will help enable Kelsey to thrive and have great success with our program.”