May 21, 2008
ATLANTA – Three former Yellow Jackets will make their pro debuts next week when the National Pro Fastpitch season begins May 29. Former Tech stand-outs Brittany Barnes, Savannah Brown and Aileen Morales were each taken in the February draft. Brown was selected in the first round, fifth overall by the Rockford Thunder. Morales was a second-round selection (10th overall) by the Chicago Bandits, while Barnes was picked in the fourth round (23rd overall) by the Akron Racers.
Tech had three of the four players chosen from the ACC and tied Oklahoma for the most picks from one school in the nation. Due to NCAA regulations, an active college senior-athlete is not eligible to sign with her respective franchise until their 2008 season is completed.
This page will be updated throughout the summer so fans can check out how the Jackets are doing in the pro league. For more information on the NPF as well as updated stats and schedules, you can visit their official web site.
***Stats as of June 30***
Savannah Brown (Rockford Thunder)
|Savannah Brown With The Rockford Thunder|
Aileen Morales (Chicago Bandits)
|Aileen Morales with the Chicago Bandits|
Brittany Barnes (Akron Racers)
|Brittany Barnes with the Akron Racers|
Barnes Week 2 Update (6/9-15) (courtesy of Akron Racers PR staff): Barnes had a rough week at the plate during the Racers current home stand, but she wasn’t alone as her team combined to score just three runs over the four game series. Her weekend performance lowered her average to .176, but she is still the only Racer to have a homerun and she boasts a slugging percentage of .353 which is fourth on the team. She also has still not committed an error in the outfield despite usually being busy at her position during games. The highlight of Barnes’ weekend was no doubt when her family surprised her at a game after driving from Atlanta to see her play.
Barnes Week 1 Update (6/2-8) (courtesy of Akron Racers PR staff): Former Georgia Tech Yellow Jacket Brittany Barnes had quite a weekend despite her team winning just one game. Barnes became the first Akron Racer, and at this point the only one, to hit a home run as she blasted one out of the park during a loss to the Chicago Bandits. During her first series of professional play, Barnes went three for eight and slugged .750. She also played the entire series without committing an error. Barnes will experience her first home opener as a pro on Wednesday (6/11) when the Racers take on the defending champion Washington Glory at Firestone Stadium.