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Angel Shamblin enters her second season as a student assistant after playing four years as a pitcher for Houston (2005-08). Shamblin will assist assistant coach Abbie Sims with the pitchers and catchers for the 2009 season.
"Anytime a program can keep a player around after her career ends, it is a bonus. Angel has a wealth of knowledge and her presence really has a big impact on the pitching staff," Holas said.
In 2008, Shamblin received many conference honors including being named to the All-Conference USA First Team, All-Conference USA Pitcher of the Year for the third-straight season, the Conference USA All- Tournament Team, and six-time recipient of the C-USA Pitcher of the Week award. She was also named the Co-Female Cougar of the Year.
Shamblin received NFCA All-American Second Team honors, as well as being named an NFCA All-South Region First Team selection.
Shamblin finished the 2008 season with 40 appearances, 34 starts, while posting a 32-3 record with three saves. She struck out 267 batters, while maintaining a 0.94 ERA. In 31 complete games pitched, she posted 16 shutouts, 24 walks, and 23 earned runs in 236.2 innings.
The Davie, Florida, native holds the season and career program record in seven categories (ERA, wins, innings pitched, strikeouts, opposing batting average and complete games pitched).
In 2007, Shamblin was named to the NFCA All-South Region Second Team, Conference USA All-Tournament Team and the All-C-USA First Team. She was also named C-USA Pitcher of the Year, and the C-USA Championship MVP. She was a four-time C-USA Pitcher of the Week recipient.
Shamblin racked up a 31-9 record in 2007 on a 1.42 ERA. She posted 313 strikeouts in 271.1 innings. She was one of 11 pitchers nationally to reach 30 wins, and one of 14 pitchers nationally to reach 300 strikeouts.
She tallied a 16-10 record with a 1.71 ERA in her sophomore season in 2006. Her 16 victories and 182 strikeouts were a single-season program record at that time.
She started her collegiate career in 2005, where she was named to the C-USA Freshman Team and a two-time recipient of the C-USA Pitcher of the Week award. She threw the program's first ever perfect game against Arkansas-Pine Bluff (March 15, 2005).
Shamblin played proffessional with Akron Racers. She will leave for Italy in April to play for the Parma.
Shamblin currently attends the University of Houston as she completes her degree in health promotions.