The Oklahoma Sooners are currently focused on making a run to the finale of the Women’s College World Series. However, that didn’t stop the National Pro Fastpitch League from drafting a few familiar faces. Three Sooner seniors were taken off the board a mere twelve picks into the draft on Monday night.
With the first overall pick in the 2018 NPF Draft, the Chicago Bandits selected Paige Lowary. Transferring in under Patty Gasso from Missouri, the left-handed pitcher quickly earned a spot in the rotation. Highly regarded for her ability to close out an opponent, Lowary has recorded 161 strikeouts in an Oklahoma uniform to just 44 walks. Possessing the biggest arm on the college circuit, it’s easy to see why the lefty was a highly sought after commodity.
Following suit, Paige Parker’s name was called by the USSSA Pride with the sixth overall selection. A dominant force in the circle, Parker has remained the staple of the Oklahoma Sooners back-to-back National Championships in 2016 and 2017. Sporting a 113-17 record at the time this article was published, the left-handed pitcher is a clear winner. Showcasing command over a range of pitches, Parker will rejoin Lauren Chamberlain and Shelby Pendley on the diamond with the Pride.
Last, but certainly not least, Nicole Pendley was selected twelfth overall by the USSSA Pride. As a fourth year starter, Pendley has anchored an ever changing outfield with a 1.000 fielding percentage. Yet, she’s probably more recognizable when at the plate. Driving 41 pitches out of the park, the center fielder has been a dependable hitter on the biggest stages.