Feb. 22, 2007
BERKELEY - Senior Alex Sutton of the California softball team was selected in the third round by the New England Riptide in last week's National Professional Fastpitch draft.
Players selected in the NCAA draft will be permitted to pursue any available roster spot on their assigned team after completing their college season, according to league bylaws.
"The NPF showcases the nation's best softball players, and the draft gives us the opportunity to tap into the elite softball talent from the college level and bring it to our fans," said newly appointed NPF Commissioner Cheri Kempf. "We are excited at the prospect of adding the hottest college players to our teams and bringing even more electricity to our 2007 season."
Sutton, who hit .352 as a junior and was team was announced this season as one of 50 players on the Amateur Softball Association's Top-50 Preseason Watch List for Player of the Year honors, joins other Golden Bear alumnae, Jocelyn Forest and Lisa Iancin on the Riptide squad.
"She's a welcome addition to the Riptide rebuilt outfield," said Riptide General Manager Joe Adlman. "We're happy we were able to draft her when we did."
Led by Forest, New England captured the 2006 NPF Championship. Forest was named MVP of the series, pitching all 16 innings of the playoffs without allowing a run and striking out 15.
The NPF season begins in June.