Feb. 10, 2010
KISSIMMEE, Fla. - Alabama senior All-American Charlotte Morgan was selected as the top overall pick in the National Pro Fastpitch College Senior Draft by the USSSA Pride Wednesday night from the Heritage Key Resort. Morgan became the eighth player in Alabama history to be drafted in the professional league.
"It is an honor to be able to have the opportunity to further my career," Morgan said. "To be able to play professionally has always been a goal of mine. I wouldn't be in this position if it weren't for the coaching staff and my teammates at Alabama."
Morgan is coming off a junior campaign in which she was named a NFCA First-Team All-American for the second consecutive season. The Moreno Valley, Calif., native became the first member of the Crimson Tide to be named the Southeastern Conference Player of the Year.
"What a great honor for both Charlotte and Alabama softball," Alabama head coach Patrick Murphy said. "Charlotte will bring a lot to the NPF and in particular the Orlando franchise. She's a very self-driven athlete who will thrive in the professional game."
Morgan led Alabama in all three major hitting categories last season. She paced the Tide with a .406 batting average, 11 home runs and 59 RBI. She also led the team with a .673 slugging percentage and a .505 on base percentage.
Alabama has had a player drafted in three straight seasons. Ashley Holcombe was the 21st pick overall, selected by the Rockford Thunder last season. Jordan Praytor was drafted by the New England Riptide with the 22nd pick in 2008.