Matt Jones is the online sports director for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. A double graduate of the University of Arkansas, he is a member of the Football Writers Association of America and National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association, and voter for the Heisman Trophy.
Arkansas softball adding Tulsa 2-way star
Tulsa's Chenise Delce (29) pitches during an NCAA softball game on Friday, April 23, 2021, in Greenville, N.C. (AP Photo/Ben McKeown)
FAYETTEVILLE — Chenise Delce, a two-way softball player from Tulsa, will transfer to Arkansas for the 2022 season.
Delce will have two seasons of eligibility remaining with the Razorbacks. She played during three seasons at Tulsa, but was granted an extra year of eligibility due to the cancelation of the 2020 season.
Delce went 29-15 with a 2.12 ERA in 57 pitching appearances at Tulsa, including 47 starts.
Delce was 8-6 with a 3.30 ERA in 19 appearances this year and was voted first-team All-American Athletic Conference as a pitcher. As a designated hitter, Delce batted .296 with 20 RBI this year.
In 2019, Delce was the AAC freshman of the year when she went 15-6 with a 1.63 ERA in 141 2/3 innings on the mound, and batted .282 with 2 home runs and 22 RBI.
She pitched twice against Arkansas as a freshman, including at the NCAA Stillwater Regional when the Golden Hurricane defeated the Razorbacks 5-0. Delce threw seven scoreless innings and struck out nine during the postseason meeting.
Delce was a two-time state champion at Carl Albert High School in Oklahoma City. As a senior she was named the city's big school player of the year by The Oklahoman newspaper.
Delce is the third player to transfer to Arkansas this offseason, joining former Tennessee left-handed pitcher Callie Turner and former Alabama outfielder KB Sides.
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