Four members of the Arizona softball team were selected in the 2017 National Pro Fastpitch Draft on Monday.
Three of them were drafted in the second round.
Third baseman Katiyana Mauga was taken sixth overall by the Texas Charge, pitcher Danielle O’Toole was selected eighth overall by the Chicago Bandits, and shortstop Mo Mercado was drafted ninth overall by the USSSA Pride.
Left fielder Mandie Perez was drafted by the Pride in fourth round (19th overall).
Here were their respective reactions:
Mauga recently broke UA’s all-time home record and is the only player in NCAA history to hit 20 or more homers in four seasons. She is hitting .361/.488/.926 this season with 21 homers and 53 RBIs.
Mauga has hit 88 career homers, seven shy of tying the all-time NCAA record, held by former Oklahoma Sooner Lauren Chamberlain.
O’Toole, Arizona’s ace, is 24-3 this season with a 0.92 ERA in 172.1 innings.
Mercado is leading Arizona in batting average (.407) to go along with a career-high nine homers and 47 RBIs.
Perez, Arizona’s steady leadoff hitter, is hitting .396/.513/.530 and leads the Wildcats in hits (60) and runs scored (58).
Perez and Mercado could potentially be teammates with former Wildcats Chelsea Goodacre and Hallie Wilson, who are currently listed on the Pride’s roster.
Goodacre is also a graduate assistant at Arizona.
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