Salling Drafted Third Overall
March 18, 2011
ORLANDO, FL. - Senior shortstop Jenn Salling (Port Coquitlam, B.C.) became the fifth Husky softball player selected in the National Pro Fastpitch (NPF) Senior Draft and the highest ever at the No. 3 pick overall to the USSSA Pride.
Salling is one of three seniors on the 2011 Husky team. She is a member of the Canadian National Team and for the second year in a row is named to the Player of the Year Watch List. In 2010 she was an NFCA First-Team All-American, All-Region and All-Pac-10 selection.
Charters was drafted in 2009 by the Rockford Thunder as the 11th overall pick and the first pick of the third round. Aimee Minor was the second pick of the third round in 2006 to Connecticut. Kristen Rivera was the sixth overall pick in the first round to the Texas Thunder in 2005. Tia Bollinger was the 32nd overall pick in the fifth round to the Akron Racers in 2004.
The first pick in the draft went to the NPF Diamonds who selected University of Alabama's Kelsi Dunne. This marked the second year in a row that the first selection overall was a University of Alabama player. The Akron Racers selected Taylor Schlopy of the University of Georgia with the No. 2 overall selection.
NPF Commissioner, Cheri Kempf stated, "It has been another impressive draft year for the League. I say over and over again that the NPF is the ultimate challenge for a women's fastpitch softball player. In light of that, I extend my sincere congratulations to each of the 20 women who have been selected in this year's draft."
The draft aired live on www.mlb.com. Re-broadcast information can be found at www.profastpitch.com.
Due to NCAA regulations, an active college senior-athlete is not eligible to sign with her respective franchise until her 2011 season is complete.
2011 NPF Senior Draft Results
About National Pro Fastpitch: 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)