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    Shelese Arnold
    12 Shelese Arnold

    Lexington, Tenn.

    High School:






    Booker Becomes First Illini to Hit for the Cycle in DH Sweep

    Illinois defeated Creighton, 9-1, then host UT Arlington, 4-2


    Arnold Tosses One-Hitter to Lead Illini Past UMKC, 7-0

    The Orange and Blue tied the school record with five doubles in the game


    Illini Fall to Texas Tech in Extras, 4-3

    Allie Bauch was 2-for-4 with a walk and an RBI


    No. 1 Tennessee Hands Illinois First Loss of 2014

    The Illini defeated Binghamton, 15-2, but fell to the top-ranked Lady Vols, 10-0


    Back-to-Back Shutouts Propel Illini to Best Start in Program History

    Illinois opens season with a 7-0 record for first time ever


    Illinois vs. Nebraska- 4/5/14

    Illinois played Nebraska with each team taking away a win on April 5, 2014.


    Softball vs. North Dakota State-3/15/14

    Photos from the Illini's game against North Dakota State on March 15, 2014


    Illinois vs. Eastern Illinois

    Illinois' home game against Eastern Illinois on April 9, 2013


    Illinois vs. Western Michigan - March 15, 2013

    Photos from the Illini's 6-2 victory over Western Michigan at the Fighting Illini Invitational.


    UNI Dome Tournament (Day 3)

    Photos from the third day of the UNI Dome Tournament, Feb. 10, 2013, in Cedar Falls, Iowa.

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

    2013 - Sophomore: Big Ten Pitcher of the Week (4/22) ... 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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