Kansas Jayhawks

Shelby Gayre

Position C
Height 5'9''
Class Redshirt Junior
Hometown D'Hanis, Texas
High School D'Hanis

Awards & Honors

  • Academic All-Big 12 Rookie Team [2017-18]
  • 2020 Softball America Second Team All-American


  • 2020 Softball America Second Team All-American
  • Appeared in 24 games
  • Made 22 starts at catcher, first base and designated player
  • Finished with a .393 batting average (24-for-61), 18 runs and 24 hits
  • Knocked in a team-high and career-high 11 home runs and 24 RBI
  • Finished with a Kansas-high 13 walks
  • Ended the season ranked No. 48 in Softball America’s top 100 players of the season poll
  • Her 11 home runs ranked her fourth overall in the country and first overall in the Big 12 Conference
  • Hit a career-high two home runs against then-No. 20 James Madison (Feb. 15) and Southeastern Louisiana (Feb. 28)
  • Recorded eight games with two or more RBI
  • Finished with six multi-hit games
  • Scored a career-high three runs against Drake (March 6)


  • 2019 Big 12 All-Academic First Team selection
  • Granted medical waiver
  • Played in 16 games with 16 starts (all at catcher) before suffering season-ending injury
  • At the time of injury, she was the team leader in batting average (.383 | 18-for-47), RBI (11), total bases (27) and home runs (2)
  • Registered three multiple-RBI games
  • Season-high four hits (4-for-5), five RBI and one home run at Duke (3/2)
  • Finished 3-for-3 with three RBI and a walk against UTAH (2/9)
  • First home run of the season against Providence (2/16)

2018 (Freshman)

  • Displayed her reliability and all-around talent during her freshman season as she quickly adjusted from being a backup catcher to a starting shortstop
  • Played in 48 games with 43 starts
  • Registered 42 starts at shortstop and one start as the designated player
  • Batted for the majority of the season in the fifth spot (19 games) or the seventh spot (16) in the lineup
  • Recorded a .273 batting average, .373 on-base percentage and a .500 slugging percentage
  • Totaled 35 hits, 31 RBIs, seven home runs, six doubles and a triple
  • A staggering 40 percent of her hits were extra-base hits (14 of 35)
  • Ranked second on the team in home runs and tied for second in RBIs
  • Longest hitting streak of the season lasted five games
  • Recorded 10 multi-hit games and co-led Kansas with nine multi-RBI games
  • Accounted for two walk-off RBI hits
  • Made her collegiate debut as a late-game pinch hitter and grounded out with the bases loaded to drive in her first-career run during KU’s season-opening win over Akron (Feb. 9)
  • Made first-career start the next day in a rematch against Akron (Feb. 10) as the designated player
  • Her first two career hits were both three-run home runs in pinch-hitting situations against College of Charleston (Feb. 11) and Missouri State (Feb. 18); the latter gave KU the go-ahead 7-6 lead in the bottom of the sixth inning over Missouri State
  • Made first start as a shortstop against Stephen F. Austin (Feb. 23) after Sydnee Ramsey suffered a season-ending knee injury against Missouri State (Feb. 18)
  • Went 2-for-4 at the plate with four RBIs at Central Arkansas (Feb. 25)
  • Recorded a season-high three hits with a home run, three RBIs and two runs scored against Western Illinois (March 15)
  • One of five Jayhawks to start in all 18 Big 12 games
  • Doubled in her Big 12 debut at Texas (March 23)
  • Smacked two doubles and drove in four runs against Colorado State (March 31)
  • First-career home run during Big 12 play came in the first game of a doubleheader against Oklahoma State (April 5)
  • Went 2-for-4 at the plate with three RBIs, two doubles and one run scored against Iowa State (May 4)

High School / Club

  • Four-year letter winner at D’Hanis High School in De’Hanis, Texas
  • Played for Firecrackers DFW 18U Gold
  • Named district MVP, MaxPreps All-America and Texas Sports Writer’s Association first-team all-state honors during the 2016 season
  • Also collected USSSA Select 30 First-Team All-America honors in 2016
  • In 2015, she was named to the UIL State All-Tournament team and earned first-team all-district accolades
  • Garnered newcomer of the year honors as a freshman in 2014


  • Majoring in exercise science in the School of Education at the University of Kansas
  • Named to the Academic All-Big 12 Rookie Team as a freshman in 2017-18


  • Daughter of Marlisa and Howard Gayre
  • Has a brother Travis

*=Shortened Season Due to COVID-19 Outbreak