POSTED: Sunday, March 11, 2012 - 10:30am
UPDATED: Sunday, March 11, 2012 - 10:34am
Memphis, Tn —
LSU senior All-American Brittany Mack was chosen as the No. 1 overall pick by the USSSA Pride in the 2012 National Pro Fastpitch College Senior Draft presented by Miken Wednesday at the Peabody Hotel.
Mack joins the LSU's all-time home run leader Rachel Mitchell, who was drafted by the Chicago Bandits during the 2010 NPF Draft.
"First off, I am extremely excited for the chance to play professional softball this summer," Mack said. "I wouldn't be in this position if it wasn't for the coaching staff and my teammates at LSU. It is such an unbelievable feeling to be honored with the opportunity to compete at one of the highest levels in the sport, and I'm hoping that I will be able to contribute to help expand the NPF's greatness throughout the country. Until then, I have unfinished business at LSU. My heart and my mind are focused on the path towards returning LSU to the Women's College World Series and winning a national championship."
During her junior season as an All-SEC First-Team pick and NFCA All-America Third-Team selection, Mack claimed a 20-7 mark, a stout 1.74 ERA and amassed 209 strikeouts during her 184.2 innings of work. She picked up two of the three victories during LSU's sweep of No. 1 Alabama during the regular season.
Mack also racked up a trio of SEC Pitcher of the Week awards in 2011 to join the elite company of Kristin Schmidt and Britni Sneed as the only LSU hurlers to earn the honor three times during the same season. The Round Rock, Texas, native has won three of her last four decisions this season and is 21 strikeouts away from passing Cody Trahan (2007-10) for the No. 5 position on LSU's all-time list.
The USSSA Pride opens the 2012 season against the defending NPF champions Chicago Bandits on Thursday, June 7.
National Pro Fastpitch is headquartered in Nashville, TN. The league, created to give elite female fastpitch players the opportunity to pursue a professional career in their chosen sport, has operated since 1997 under the names of Women's Pro Fastpitch (WPF) and Women's Pro Softball League (WPSL). NPF is the Official Development Partner of Major League Baseball in the category of women's fastpitch softball since 2002.
History of NPF College Draft No. 1 Selections
Year, Player, School
2004, Iyhia McMichael, Mississippi State
2005, Amy Harre, Southern Illinois
2006, Cat Osterman, Texas
2007, Lindsay Schutzler, Tennessee
2008, Katie Burkhart, Arizona State
2009, Katie Cochran, Arizona State
2010, Charlotte Morgan, Alabama
2011, Kelsi Dunne, Alabama
2012, Brittany Mack, LSU