Softball


Shelese Arnold
Shelese Arnold
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Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Lexington, Tenn.

High School:
Lexington

Height:
5-8

Position:
P

Birthdate:
01/15/1993

Bats/Throws:
R/R

Career Honors
Big Ten Pitcher of the Week (4/22/13)

Career Game-By-Game Stats: 2012 | 2013 | 2014

2014 - Junior: Appeared in 23 games as a junior, making 18 starts and tossing seven complete games ... Went 6-10 with a save over 93.2 innings pitched, recording a 4.48 ERA, a .305 opposing batting average, and posting two shutouts ... Allowed 117 hits, 47 walks and 76 runs (60 earned) while striking out 35 batters ... Led the Illini to victory on opening night, allowing just two runs on four hits and two walks in a 5-inning complete-game victory over UIC ... Made a spectacular relief appearance against IUPUI, allowing just two hits and no walks over 4.2 shutout innings with four strikeouts to put the Illini in position to make a comeback win against the Jaguars ... Hurled a 2-hit shutout against Wright State, allowing just three base runners, all with two outs and none of which advanced past second base, to lead the Illini to an 8-0 victory in five innings ... Looked unbelievable early against No. 1 Tennessee, allowing just one run on four hits over the first five innings, but was roughed up with two outs in the top of the seventh to take her first loss of the year ... Took a no-hitter into the bottom of the seventh against UMKC, where it was broken up by a bunt single, but completed the day with a one-hit shutout victory ... Pitched her first-ever extra-innings complete game against No. 14 South Alabama, shutting down the Jaguars for six straight innings, before USA took back the lead in the top of the eighth ... Earned her first career save in the series opener against No. 20 Nebraska, tossing two scoreless innings to finish out the win ... Tossed a complete-game victory at Purdue, allowing six runs on two hits and no walks and retiring the final 11 batters of the game to seal up the 3-2 win ... Allowed just one run on six hits to capture a 6-1 victory over Penn State.

2013 - Sophomore: Pitched in 24 games on the season, making 19 starts ... Earned a 2.75 ERA in 117.0 IP, going 9-10 with a .253 opposing batting average ... Led the Big Ten in hits allowed, giving up just 118 on the year, ranked second in earned runs allowed (46), and was one of just three conference pitchers not to allow a triple all season ... Finished sixth in the Big Ten in runs allowed (80), eighth in ERA, ninth in caught stealing by (8) and 10th in opposing batting average ... Allowed just one earned run over 14.1 innings for a 0.49 ERA at the UNI Dome Tournament ... Pitched three scoreless innings of relief against No. 1 Alabama, allowing just one hit while striking out four ... Made her first career start against Drake and did not allow an earned run through six innings ... Earned her first career victory in 5.1 innings of relief against Green Bay ... Threw five shutout innings against No. 6 Texas, before the Longhorns scored eight unearned runs in the sixth ... Allowed just one earned run to No. 8 Cal, giving up eight hits but only one walk in a complete seven innings ... Went 2-0 in three starts at the USF Under Armour Invitational, including a 3-hit complete-game victory over Maine, featuring seven strikeouts and no earned runs ... Earned a complete-game victory over Western Michigan, allowing just one earned run on four hits in the 6-2 win ... Hurled the Illini's first Big Ten and ranked victory, a complete game win over No. 24 Nebraska ... Tossed back-to-back two-hit shutouts against Indiana, allowing a total of seven base runners, none of which passed second base, over 13 scoreless innings, en route to being named Big Ten Pitcher of the Week on April 22 ... Captured her fourth-straight victory in a complete game at Michigan State on April 27, allowing just two runs, to finish the season riding a four-game winning streak.

2012 - Freshman: Made six relief appearances on the season, throwing a career-high 2 2/3 innings against Massachusetts in relief of starting pitcher Jackie Guy on Feb. 10, only allowing one hit ... Also limited Boston University to one hit while issuing one walk during an inning of work on Feb. 26 ... Also saw time against Tennessee (Feb. 17), Minnesota (March 25), Iowa (March 31) and Nebraska (April 6).

High School: Four-time all-district honoree ... ... Three-time First Team All-West Tennessee ... 2011 All-West Tennessee Player of the Year and All-State recipient ... Earned 82-16 record at Lexington to go with a school-record 819 strikeouts, over 50 shutouts and a perfect game ... Recorded 28 strikeouts in a 14-inning contest during her sophomore season, a TSSAA record ... Had 29 victories, 348 strikeouts and 17 shutouts to carry Lexington to an appearance in the Tennessee State Championships in 2009 ... Led Lexington to a runner-up finish in the Tennessee State Championships with a 29-5 senior season record, recording 258 strikeouts and a 0.97 ERA ... Also talented as a hitter, finishing the 2009 season with a .430 batting average, while eclipsing .300 as a freshman and junior at Lexington ... Hit .421 with eight homers during her final year at Lexington ... Played club ball for the Germantown Red Devils squad.

Personal: Daughter of Allan and Shelia Arnold ... Born January 15, 1993 ... Has two siblings, Colby and Kenny ... Works and participates with the Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA), Beta Upsilon Mu and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) ... Majoring in Community Health: Rehab Studies.

Getting to Know Shelese:

On Choosing Illinois: "When I walked on the campus, I knew it was the place for me. The coaching staff and girls made me feel welcome and I loved how the team seemed like one happy family."

Favorite Food/Meal: Chicken Alfredo Pasta

Favorite TV Show: SpongeBob SquarePants

Favorite Athlete: Lebron James

Favorite Quote: "The difference between the impossible and the possible lies in a man's determination."

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