Woods, James Selected in National Pro Fastpitch Softball Draft

Feb. 16, 2006

BERKELEY - Cal seniors Haley Woods and Lindsay James were chosen during the National Pro Fastpitch softball 2006 senior college player selection on Feb. 15.

Woods, the Bears' starting catcher, was drafted by the Philadelphia Force. James, who starts in left field for Cal, was selected by the Akron Racers, the 2005 defending champions. Both players were taken in the third round. Woods led the Bears in RBI last season (58), while James paced the squad with a .439 batting average and hits (65).

Due to NCAA regulations, an active college senior-athlete may not sign with her respective franchise until their 2006 college season is finished.

Five former Cal softball players are currently on NPF rosters. Lisa Iancin (1997-2000) and Jocelyn Forest (1999-2002) play for the New England Riptide, Chelsea Spencer (2002-05) competes for the Philadelphia Force, Vicky Galindo (2003-05) plays for the Chicago Bandits and Kaleo Eldredge (2002-05) plays for the Arizona Heat. For more information on the NPF, visit http://www.profastpitch.com.

The No. 6 Cal softball team competes at the UNLV Tournament this weekend.

Following is a list of college players in order of selection:

First Round
Connecticut, Cat Osterman, P, Texas
Philadelphia, Stephanie VanBrakle, P, Alabama
Connecticut, Andrea Duran, 3B, UCLA
New England, Kristin Vesley, OF, Oklahoma
Arizona, Alicia Hollowell, P, Arizona
Akron, Jennie Ritter, P, Michigan
Texas, Emily Zaplatosch, C, UCLA
Akron, Caitlin Benyi, 2B, UCLA
Chicago traded with New England, Kristi Durant, 3B/C, Tennessee

Second Round
Philadelphia, Sarah Fekete, OF, Tennessee
Connecticut, Adrienne Alo, IF/OF, Oregon State
New England trade from 1st round with Chicago, Stacy May, 3B/SS, Iowa
(Chicago also gets New England's 4th round pick next year)
Philadelphia, Harmony Schwethelm, OF/IF, Baylor
Texas, Serena Settlemier, P, Kansas
Akron, Sara Larquier, 3B, Virginia
Chicago, Amanda Williams, OF, Marshall University (West Virginia)

Third Round
Philadelphia, Haley Woods, C/1B, California
Connecticut, Aimee Minor, OF, Washington
New England, Tiffany Stewart, OF, South Florida
Arizona, Desiree Serrano, P, Arizona State
Texas, Krystal Lewallen, P, Louisiana (Lafayette)
Akron, Lindsay James, OF, California
Chicago traded with New England, Lisa Allen, C, Oregon State

Fourth Round
Philadelphia, Courtnay Foster, P, Northwestern
Connecticut, Stephanie Hill, IF/OF, LSU
New England trade from 3rd round with Chicago, Missy Beseres, P, Penn State
Arizona, Lauren Lappin, IF/C, Stanford
Texas, Tina Boutelle, OF, Texas
Akron, Ashley Smith, C, South Carolina
Chicago, Jessica Williams, SS, Marshall University (West Virginia)

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