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As the sport of softball has risen in popularity over the last decade, the number of opportunities for collegiate athletes to play following their career has sky-rocketed.
The Sooners have watched numerous alums graduate to the professional ranks. As far back as Jill Most, Jennifer Jaime and Lynnette Velasquez, OU has made an impact on the highest stage of softball. Oklahoma has now had 20 players drafted to the NPF league since its inaugural draft prior to the 2004 season.
The selections of Keilani Ricketts, Jessica Shults, Michelle Gascoigne and Brianna Turang in 2013 were a school record, topping the three Sooners that were chosen in 2008. All four players were chosen within the first nine selections, highlighted by pitcher Ricketts, who was drafted by the USSSA Florida Pride with the fourth overall pick.
History was made in 2015 when Lauren Chamberlain and Shelby Pendley became the first teammates in the history of the National Pro Fastpitch draft to be taken with the first two picks. The USSSA Pride selected Chamberlain with the No. 1 overall pick, making her the first player in Oklahoma history to be taken first in the draft. With next pick, the Pride selected Pendley.
Due to NCAA regulations, an active college senior-athlete may not sign with her respective franchise until their season is over.
National Pro Fastpitch is headquartered in Nashville, Tenn. 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.