SEATTLE – Washington seniors Victoria Hayward, Kaitlin Inglesby, and Bryana Walker were selected in the National Pro Fastpitch Draft on Monday night at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville.
Walker was selected by the 9th overall pick by the Pennsylvania Rebellion, followed by Inglesby with the 14th overall pick to the Akron Racers, and Hayward to the 19th overall pick to the Rebellion.
“Bryana, Kaitlin, and Victoria have continued to improve everyday in our program,” head coach Heather Tarr said. “We are proud of the work they've accomplished thus far, and we are honored to have three of our players drafted by NPF teams. What a tremendous opportunity they have to continue to lead our team this year and then go on to play professionally in the years to come.”
The Huskies three draft picks were the most of any school in the 2014 NPF Draft.
The Huskies have now had six players selected in the NPF Draft, since the NPF (formerly the Women’s Pro Softball League) was formed in November 2002.
Hayward, Inglesby, and Walker join Kimi Pohlman, Nikia Williams, and Jenn Salling as Washington players to be selected in the NPF Draft.
The NPF season kicks off on May 29 and concludes in mid-August.
Bryana Walker, Senior, Pitcher, La Quinta, Calif.
9th overall pick by the Pennsylvania Rebellion
Walker, a senior from La Quinta, California, got off to a quick start this season, posting a record of 6-0 through the Huskies first 10 games of the season.
Walker was named Louisville Slugger/NFCA National Player of the Week on Feb. 18 after going 4-0 with a 0.33 ERA and 30 strikeouts in 21.0 innings pitched at the Littlewood Classic in Tempe, Arizona. In her fourth consecutive start, Walker posted a career-high 14 strikeouts in a 3-1 win over 2013 National Champions Oklahoma.
Walker currently leads the Huskies with 13 wins, a 1.38 ERA, 96.2 innings pitched, 11 complete games, three shutouts, and 105 strikeouts.
Kaitlin Inglesby, Senior, P/DP, Portland, Ore.
14th overall pick by the Akron Racers
Inglesby, a senior from Portland, Oregon, has been one of the nation’s top two-way players during her four years at Washington. In 2013, Inglesby was named 1st team All-American after leading the team with 12 home runs and 62 RBI at the plate with a record of 23-9 and 1.95 ERA in the circle.
From Feb. 9 -15, Inglesby posted four multi-hit games over a five-game stretch, batting .667, with eight runs scored, one double, two home runs, and nine RBI.
Inglesby recorded a career-high 12 strikeouts in a complete-game victory over Wisconsin on Feb. 7.
Inglesby was named to the Top 50 Watch List for the 2014 USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year award for the second year in a row.
Victoria Hayward, Senior, Outfielder, Mountain View, Calif.
19th overall pick by the Pennsylvania Rebellion
Hayward, a senior from Mountain View, California, posted a career-high 10-game hitting streak from Mar. 2 – 23, batting .393 with nine runs scored, two doubles, and two RBI during that stretch.
Throughout her career at Washington, Hayward has appeared in all but two games for the Huskies. Born in Toronto, Ontario, Hayward was named to the Canadian Junior and Senior National Teams in summer of 2009. At the time, Hayward was the youngest player ever named to the Canadian National Team.
Prior to the season, Hayward was named to the Top 50 Watch List for the 2014 USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year award.
Last season, Washington assistant coach J.T. D’Amico led the USSSA Pride to the 2013 NPF Championship.
Due to NCAA regulations, active collegiate student-athletes cannot sign with their respective franchises until their NCAA season is complete without forfeiting their eligibility.
Washington NPF Draft History
Bryana Walker, pitcher, 1st pick in the 3rd Round (9th overall), Pennsylvania Rebellion
Kaitlin Inglesby, 2nd pick in the 4th Round (14th overall), Akron Racers
Victoria Hayward, outfielder, 3rd pick in the 5th Round (19th overall), Pennsylvania Rebellion
Kimi Pohlman (OF), 2nd pick, 1st Round (2nd Overall), Chicago Bandits
Nikia Williams (UTL), 4th pick, 4th Round (16th Overall), USSSA Pride
Jenn Salling (INF), 3rd pick, 1st Round (3rd Overall), USSSA Pride