Florida State's Jessica Burroughs taken by USSSA Pride with first pick in NPF draft
As a kid, she was proud to claim ducks, hamsters, guinea pigs, dogs and cats as pets. She gave gymnastics and golf a whirl before settling on softball. She was the ACC pitcher of the year last year for Florida State. Her teammates think she's goofy.
Now Jessica Burroughs is also the No. 1 pick in the 2017 National Pro Fastpitch draft.
Burroughs, a Georgia native who is 22-2 with a 0.98 ERA this season for the Seminoles, was taken first Monday night by the Florida-based USSSA Pride. Teammate Alex Powers also was selected by the Pride with the No. 10 pick.
It was a good night all around for the Seminoles (44-3-1, 21-0 ACC), who remained undefeated in the ACC with a dramatic 5-4 win over Louisville to complete a three-game sweep.
But the Seminoles weren't the only ones celebrating.
LSU teammates Sahvanna Jaquish and Bailey Landry both were selected in the first round and were the only two position players among the top five. Jaquish was taken by the reigning champion Chicago Bandits with the third pick, and Landry was taken by the Texas Charge at No. 5.
Minnesota pitcher Sara Groenewegen was selected by the Akron Racers at No. 2, and Cal Poly pitcher Sierra Hyland was taken by the Bandits at No. 4.
Katiyana Mauga of Arizona, who stands in third place on the NCAA's career home run list, was taken sixth by the Charge. She was one of four Wildcats drafted, the most of any team.
The NPF season opens June 1.
Here's the complete rundown of Monday's draft:
1. USSSA Pride: P Jessica Burroughs, Florida State
2. Akron Racers: P Sara Groenewegen, Minnesota
3. Chicago Bandits: C Sahvanna Jaquish, LSU
4. Chicago Bandits: P Sierra Hyland, Cal Poly
5. Texas Charge: OF Bailey Landry, LSU
6. Texas Charge: 3B Katiyana Mauga, Arizona
7. Akron Racers: P Megan Betsa, Michigan
8. Chicago Bandits: P Danielle O'Toole, Arizona
9. USSSA Pride: INF Mo Mercado, Arizona
10. USSSA Pride: 1B Alex Powers, Florida State
11. Akron Racers: C Chloe Miller, Wisconsin
12. Scrap Yard Dawgs: P Delanie Gourley, Florida, traded to Texas Charge
13. Scrap Yard Dawgs: INF Ali Aguilar, Washington
14. Texas Charge: P Haley Chambers-Book, SIUE
15. Akron Racers: OF Megan Geer, Tennessee
16. Akron Racers: OF Sydney Emmanuel, Georgia
17. Scrap Yard Dawgs: INF Hannah Flippen, Utah
18. Scrap Yard Dawgs: INF Nikki Udria, Oregon
19. USSSA Pride: OF Mandie Perez, Arizona
20. USSSA Pride: OF Kelly Christner, Michigan
21. Akron Racers: OF Nicole Schroeder, Arkansas
22. Texas Charge: OF/INF Lindsey Cargill, Baylor
23. Akron Racers: INF Maddy Grim, Kent State
24. Akron Racers: P Alexis Silkwood, Mississippi State
25. Scrap Yard Dawgs: INF MJ Knighten, Nebraska
26. Scrap Yard Dawgs: OF Morgan Zerkle, Marshall