Feb. 17, 2009
AKRON, Ohio -
Baylor senior softball player Brette Reagan was selected by the Philadelphia Force with the fourth overall pick during Tuesday's National Pro Fastpitch Senior Draft. Surrounded by teammates and coaches, the three-time All-American did not have to wait long to hear her name announced.
"I am really excited to play with the girls on that team," Reagan said. "It means a lot for me, my family, friends and teammates. Being a female athlete, it is just a tremendous feeling to know that these things are possible. I knew as a kid that I wanted to go pro in something, and when I got into softball, I knew it was this sport that I wanted to do it in. I really feel honored and blessed to have this opportunity and I will take full advantage of it."
The three-time All-Big 12 selection becomes the seventh Baylor player to be drafted, joining Cristin Vitek, Stephanie Pomes, Kelly Osburn, Ashley Monceaux, Chelsi Lake and Lisa Ferguson.
"I am just really proud of Brette today," head coach Glenn Moore said. "I have never coached a more deserving athlete than Brette Reagan. I am really excited for the Philadelphia Force becasue they are getting a great player and person who will be a fantastic ambassador for them. I am glad this is behind her because now she can focus on helping us contend for another Big 12 Championship"
Due to NCAA regulations, an active college senior-athlete may not sign with her respective franchise until their 2009 college season is over.
Major League Baseball is the Official Development Partner of National Professional Fastpitch in the category of women's professional fastpitch softball. The partnership, which began the fall of 2002, is part of The Commissioner's Initiative on Women and Baseball, a league-wide effort to help Major League Baseball and the 30 Major League Clubs build stronger relationships with female audiences.
National Pro Fastpitch is headquartered in Denver, Colo. 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).