“We snuck her into the indoor (facility) and she threw a little bit. She looked really smooth. Her mechanics were very easy and fluid, and she had good spin for not throwing for so long.”
Pendley, from Rio Rancho, N.M., said it took a couple weeks for her to fully adapt to pitching again, but that she’s enjoyed it.
“I didn’t realize how much I missed it from pitching in high school until now,” Pendley said. “It’s a different feeling. You’re in control every single pitch, whereas at third (base), not so much.”
Against Bryant, the Sooners will be a heavy favorite. The Smithfield, R.I., school is making its first-ever NCAA Tournament appearance after winning the Northeast Conference Championship last week.
“The whole team is extremely excited to have this opportunity,” said Bryant coach Shayne Lotito. “Our goal is to compete. I’m not gonna say we’re gonna take them down; I’m not gonna say we’re gonna lose. But this team will compete (Friday).”