In just her 2nd career start in the National Pro Fast Pitch League, Shelby Turnier picked up her 1st career pro win in Akron, Ohio as the Chicago Bandits defeated the Akron Racers 7-3 Wednesday night.
Turnier went 4.2 innings striking out four while giving up three runs on six hits against a Racers team that coming in to the game led the NPF in hitting. Turnier would give way to Lacy Waldrop who went the rest of the way to get the save as the Bandits improved to 6-3 on the young season.
Turnier was drafted 11th overall by the Bandits in the NPF Draft pick back in April. Turnier picked up her 1st win in the same stadium where former UCF Knights Greats Allison Kime and Breanne Javier played thier last games in the NPF in the 2009 NPF Championship Series when Kime and the Rockford Thunder defeated Javier ‘s USSSA Pride for the title.
Kime like Turnier picked up her 1st win in the NPF in her 2nd pro career start on June 4, 2008 when the Rockford Thunder defeated the Washington Glory 6-4 as Kime went 6 innings giving up just one earned run while striking out 4 as she beat Sarah Pauly who currently pitches for the Akron Racers.
Turnier first win at UCF ironically also came on her 2nd career start on February 16, 2013 against Florida AM. It was Turnier 1st start at UCF Softball Complex where Turnier struck out nine only giving up one run on five hits.
Turnier would go on to have a legendary career at UCF becoming the school’s first ever All-American in 2015 as Turnier would lead the NCAA in ERA with a 0.87 ERA finishing ahead of teammate Mackenzie Audas who finished second in the country with a 0.95. Turnier earned a 1st team All-American honors.Turnier won American Pitcher of the Year in same year. Turnier would go on to become UCF’s all-time leader in wins in a career with 80 and help lead UCF to 3 NCAA Tournament appearances as well as two American Conference regular season championships (2014,2015) and American Tournament Championship in 2015 when Turnier pitched a 1 hit shutout at the UCF Softball Complex to knock off Tulsa 1-0 to win the title.
On April 8th, Turnier picked up her 71st career win against Tulsa at the Complex which at the time tied her with Kime for 2nd all-time at UCF. Kime was at the game as she worked as the analyst for the American Digital Network telecast.
Now in her rookie season, Turnier hoping to help the Bandits win the NPF Championship like Kime did with the Rockford Thunder in 2009.
You can follow Turnier all season long on ChicagoBandits.com as all the games for the Bandits are available via video and or audio.