The 2018 National Pro Fastpitch Draft was held Monday night in Nashville.
A pair of Florida seniors were drafted. Aleshia Ocasio was selected number ten overall by the Chicago Bandits while Nicole DeWitt was taken by the USSSA Pride with the seventeenth overall choice.
Ocasio entered the 2018 season with a 48-7 record in the circle to go along with a 1.39 ERA in 351.2 innings pitched. Ocasio had recorded 357 strikeouts. In 2017, Ocasio was utilized in the field, and at the plate much more. With 185 plate appearances, Ocasio hit .308 with 3 home runs and 32 RBI.
This season, the St. Cloud (FL) native is 16-5 in the circle with a 1.15 ERA while hitting .252 in 111 at-bats playing all over the field.
DeWitt entered this season with a .329 average in 191 games to go along with 15 homers and 110 RBI.
DeWitt, a native of Garden Grove, CA, has been solid in 2018, hitting .377 while hitting a team high ten homers and knocking in 43 RBI. DeWitt has played phenomenal defense, recording only nine career errors while manning the outfield, second base, and third base in her time at UF.
Ocasio and DeWitt are the fourteenth and fifteenth Gators selected in the NPF Draft.
The Bandits and Pride met in the 2017 NPF semifinals with the Pride advancing 2-0. Chicago is now coached by former Gators assistant coach Sharonda McDonald.
The seniors will look to clinch another berth to the WCWS in Oklahoma City. In 2015 both Ocasio and DeWitt contributed as freshman to a team that won the second of back-to-back national titles. It would make a perfect ending to finish with championships at the bookends of their collegiate careers.
*Information for this article was provided by the official UF softball press release.
(Photos by: Tim Curry / UAA)