GREENVILLE, SC – Furman junior Shelby Parker, an EBCI tribal member, was recently named Southern Conference Softball Pitcher of the Week after tossing three complete-game shutouts and her first career no-hitter.
Parker worked 21 and 1/3 innings over four appearances in the circle, allowing no runs on six hits for the week. She fanned 27 batters while issuing just four walks.
On Wednesday, Feb. 19, Parker hurled a three-hit, complete-game shutout and fanned a career-high 13 batters as Furman downed Presbyterian, 1-0, in eight innings for its first win of the season. In Friday’s second game of the Spartan Classic at USC Upstate, the right-hander celebrated her 21st birthday by tossing a five-inning no-hitter to propel the Paladins to a 12-0 victory against the Liberty Flame.
Parker followed up her no-hitter by tossing a two-hit shutout and striking out eight in a 3-0 victory over the Winthrop Eagles on Saturday, Feb. 22. In Sunday’s tournament championship game versus host Upstate, she threw one and 1/3 scoreless innings to help Furman push the undefeated Spartans to 10 innings before falling 4-3.
Parker, who earned Spartan Classic All-Tournament honors, finished the week at 3-0 and moved to 3-2 with a 2.69 ERA in six appearances this season.
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– Furman Athletics