Pitcher Sara Plourde Drafted To The Carolina Diamonds
March 8, 2012
AMHERST, Mass. - National Pro Fastpitch held its annual draft on Wednesday night and UMass senior pitcher Sara Plourde was drafted by the Carolina Diamonds with the ninth overall pick of the draft, which was Carolina's first pick in the 2012 draft.
Each team had at least three picks in the five round draft. The USSSA Florida Pride held seven of the 20 selections due to draft trades with the Diamonds, giving them the No. 1 overall pick of the 2012 draft. The Diamonds would not have a pick until the first selection of the third round.
With the first pick in the draft, the Pride selected LSU's All-American Pitcher Brittany Mack, marking the third season an SEC player was the No. 1 overall pick in the draft. She was the first of six pitchers to be chosen that night.
National Pro Fastpitch is headquartered in Hermitage, Tennessee. 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 Women's Pro Fastpitch (WPF) and Women's Pro Softball League (WPSL).
Due to NCAA regulations, an active college senior-athlete is not eligible to sign with her respective franchise until her 2012 season is completed.
Plourde holds a 79-29 career record and a 6-5 record on the season. She currently has 1,242 career strikeouts, which is the second most in UMass history, and is 102 strikeouts away from holding the school record, currently held by former Olympian Danielle Henderson. She lead the nation in strikeouts for the past two seasons (2010 and 2011) and is on par to hold the honor again this year with 121 strikeouts.
The Bristol, Conn. native has been named to the NFCA All-American third team two years in a row and earned the title of Atlantic 10 Pitcher of the Year in both the 2010 and 2011 seasons. She has also been named to the USA Softball National Player of the Year watch list for the 2012 season.
Head coach Elaine Sortino on Plourde: "I think it's one of the finest accolades a collegiate player in this day and age can have. Certainly she is one of the top pitchers in the country in 2012 and that was clearly demonstrated by the draft last night. We're thrilled for her, she has worked very hard, she was the kid from nowhere, so it's a great story. As for the program, how can you not be proud of a kid that has brought you such great recognition nationally and has beaten some of the top teams in the country in some great wins, so this is fantastic."
Plourde and the Minutewomen travel to Clearwater, Florida next weekend for the FSU Under Armour Tournament on March 16-18. There UMass will play against five opponents.
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