2018 SEC First Year Academic Honor Roll
FRESHMAN SEASON (2018)
Appeared in 36 games this season with 34 starts ... missed three weeks of action due to injury at the beginning of the season, but when she returned she solidified her place in the Tiger lineup at the designated player position ... she had 24 hits in 92 at-bats with a .261 batting average and a .358 on-base percentage ... hit the second most home runs on the team with seven and had six doubles this season ... scored 12 runs and drove in 14 RBI ... appeared in five games as a pitcher and started two ... posted a 3.68 earned run average holding her opponents to a .224 batting average and striking out six batters in 13.1 innings of work ... she received the first start of her career on February 9th against UT Arlington where she pitched a seven inning complete game victory throwing 134 pitches and striking out one batter ... in the bottom of the seventh inning against Ole Miss on April 7th Sunseri stepped to the plate with the game tied and hit a walk-off home run over the right field fence on the first pitch she saw to win the game for Tigers 1-0.
Was a four-year letterwinner in softball under head coach Katie Roberts at Santa Fe High School in Santa Fe, Texas… During her prep career as a pitcher and first baseman, Sunseri was a four-time District MVP, three-time Academic All-District selection, Gatorade Player of the Year nominee, four-time Galveston County Player of the Year, three-time THSGCA 5A All-State selection, three-time NFCA All-American, four-time team MVP, three-time All-Greater Houston honoree, and a three-time TSWA All-State selection… During her senior season, she hit .541 with 40 hits, 48 total RBI and 10 home runs… As a senior pitcher, she finished the year with a 1.21 ERA, including 215 strikeouts in 155 innings of work for a 24-4 record…During her junior season, she hit .461 with 41 hits in 89 at-bats with 39 total RBI and five home runs… As a junior pitcher, she finished the year with a 0.88 ERA, including 293 strikeouts in 174.1 innings of work for a 24-6 record… As a sophomore, she pitched a total of 221.1 innings and tallied 329 strikeouts for a 29-7 record and a 0.69 ERA… At the plate during her sophomore season, she hit .454 with 44 hits, 38 RBI and 15 doubles… As a freshman, she registered a .336 batting average with 25 RBI and 36 hits… Was also an honor roll student, a National Honor Society member, part of Student Council, a member of Fellowship of Christian Athletes, a Wendy’s High School Heisman nominee and was a member of the Students Against Destructive Decisions club…Sunseri was named a PGF East All-American and participated in the Triple Crown Sports All-American Game during her final summer season with the Texas Bombers.
Full name is Shelbi Renee Sunseri, born January 30 in Texas City, Texas… Parents are Michael and Donna Sunseri… Father Michael was on the golf and baseball team at Mary Hardin-Baylor… Has a sister, Ciara… Planning to major in communications disorders with an emphasis in speech pathology.