And Gasso gave her a chance to prove it.
Pendley’s first appearance came in mid-March against Louisiana-Lafayette, and it was one to remember. She threw two scoreless innings and recorded the first strikeout of her collegiate pitching career.
Since then, Pendley has continued to impress. She’s made six appearances and is yet to give up a run. In that time, she’s thrown 9.2 innings and struck out five batters, one of those coming in a crucial, bases-loaded jam against LSU two weeks ago.
It’s been a stellar debut for Pendley, and one she hopes to keep going this weekend as the 15th-ranked Sooners host Kansas for a critical Big 12 series that begins with a 7 p.m. game tonight.
“I didn’t realize how much I missed pitching,” Pendley said. “It’s been fun to pitch again.”
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