The professional softball league, National Pro Fastpitch held their College Draft on Monday. It’s no surprise that Florida All-Americans Kelly Barnhill and Amanda Lorenz were both selected, however it was a bit surprising that they were taken with the top two overall picks.
Kelly Barnhill was chosen with the No. 1 pick by the Chicago Bandits while the USSSA Pride followed immediately by selecting Lorenz second overall.
Barnhill entered the 2019 season with a 70-8 collegiate record and a 0.92 career ERA. Barnhill was the National Player of the Year in 2017 and earned an ESPY for her dominance.
In 2019, Barnhill is 24-6 with a 1.52 ERA in 33 appearances.
Amanda Lorenz is likely to set the program record for batting average as she entered her senior campaign boasting an impressive stat line of .401, 29 HR, 151 RBI, and a program record 174 walks. Lorenz was the 2018 SEC Player of the Year and was a final four candidate for NCAA Player of the Year.
This season, the Moorpark, CA native is hitting .416 with 9 homers and 33 RBI. Lorenz has added 38 walks while only striking out ten times all season.
The selection happened during the annual Florida Letterman Awards show, which the team attended in celebration of the success of the entire student-athlete body.
The Bandits won both the 2015 and 2016 NPF Championships while the Pride took the title on 2018.
The 2019 NPF season will begin May 28, however the Bandits and Pride will open the season on June 6.