Senior UCF softball pitcher Shelby Turnier has won her fifth American Athletic Conference Pitcher of the Week award for the 2016 season.
It is her 12th time winning the weekly award in her softball career at UCF which started in 2013.
The 2015 American Pitcher of the Year started the season as the first Pitcher of the Week on Feb. 15, and earned the accolade three more times on March 7, April 4 and April 11. She earned The American Pitcher of the Week accolade five times in 2015 and received the award twice in 2014.
In the first week of March, Turnier pitched a total of 14 innings, where she allowed only five hits. She won all three of the games she started.
Turnier, the 11th pick of the National Pro Fastpitch Draft by the Chicago Bandits, played her last home game Sunday afternoon against the East Carolina Pirates, where she became the third UCF pitcher to reach 800 career strikeouts. In the game, she fanned six Pirates and now has 804 career strikeouts, which puts her third in UCF career strikeouts. Turnier tied Mackenzie Audas for the most wins in a season with her 78th career victory against the Pirates.
“It couldn’t be any more fitting than to have that happen on her senior day,” said head coach Renee Luers-Gillispie. “She’s got more games to go. So we’re going to see what happens in the next two weeks.”
The Knights are the No. 2 seed in the American Athletic Conference Championship and will face off against No.7 seed UConn Thursday at 2:30 p.m. The winner of the contest will advance to face the winner of No. 3 Tulsa and No. 6 East Carolina in the semifinals on Friday, May 13.
“To leave here and to leave with another conference tournament championship will mean a lot to us,” Turnier said. “I think at this point we’re just focused on winning every game that we can — and if that means a conference championship comes with it, then so be it.”
Jean Racine is a digital producer for the Central Florida Future. You can follow him on Twitter at @jeangracine.