Penna and Coon Selected In National Pro Fastpitch Draft

Feb. 18, 2009

Stanford, Calif. - Stanford seniors Maddy Coon and Missy Penna were both selected in the 2009 National Pro Fastpitch (NPF) draft held on Tuesday. Penna was the 22nd overall pick by the Akron Racers, while Coon was the 23rd overall pick by the Washington Glory.

The 2009 version of the draft featured five rounds and a total of 25 selections. Due to NCAA regulations, an active college senior athlete is not eligible to sign with her respective franchise until her 2009 college season is finished.

Coon, a three-time All-Pac-10 pick, was named the top shortstop in the Pacific Region as a junior last season. She currently carries one of the top career batting averages in school history (.308), while also ranking among the program's all-time best in career doubles (40), home runs (24), RBI (118), walks (116) and runs (122).

Penna, a 2008 All-American pitcher, is a three-time All-Pac-10 honoree and two-time all-region pick. She entered her senior year as the nation's active strikeout leader and the third winningest pitcher in the country. Last week, she tied the school's shutout record (35), and is also on pace to finish as the school's career leader in strikeouts (971) and wins (90). She currently carries a 1.84 career ERA.

Catalina Morris '06 is the only former Stanford player who is currently active in the NPF, as the three-time All-American is an outfielder for the Washington Glory. Stanford assistant coach Jessica Allister competed as a member of the New England Riptide during the 2004 and 2005 seasons.

The Cardinal (8-1) resumes play at the Stanford Nike Invitational this weekend. Tournament action begins at 10 a.m. Friday at Boyd and Jill Smith Family Stadium, with Stanford taking on Sacramento State in its first game at 12:15 p.m.

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