NASHVILLE, Tenn. - University of Oregon senior Jessica Moore was again recognized as one of the top collegiate pitchers Monday with her selection as the No. 6 pick overall in the National Professional Fastpitch Draft.
The Sutter, Calif., native was selected in the second round of the four-team draft by the New York-New Jersey Comets
"I was really excited to hear the news," Moore said, "and it's truly an honor to be selected. I never thought I would have a chance like this when I first started playing softball, and it's such a great opportunity. Being around our coaching staff has really helped me to be the best I can be, and hopefully continue to prepare me for a pro career, too."
Moore was one of three Pac-12 players chosen among the draft's five rounds and 20 picks with pitcher Jolene Henderson of California (Chicago Bandits, #3. 1st Round) and infielder Bridgette Del Ponte of Arizona (Akron Racers, #17, 5th Round).
Pitcher Rachele Fico of LSU was the top overall selection by the Akron Racers, and was followed by Olivia Galati (Hofstra / NY-NJ Comets, #2), Henderson (Cal, Chicago Bandits, #3) and Keilani Ricketts (Oklahoma / USSSA Pride, #4).
This week, Moore ranked 33rd nationally in wins (13) and 30th in ERA (1.38) and also stood sixth in the conference in both categories.
The returning third-team All-American, All-Pac-12 and All-Region choice is the Duck career record holder in strikeouts (804), wins (86), appearances (156) and innings (798.2).
This year, she has claimed three of UO’s victories vs. top-25 foes this year vs. then-No. 11 LSU, then-No. 14 Michigan and then-No. 15 Washington, and also made starts in the team's first two wins of the No. 15 Stanford series.
Several other Ducks have been picked in the NPF Draft in recent years, including former stars Neena Bryant (OF, Chicago, #12, 2009-10), Sari-Jane Jenkins (OF, Akron, #19, 2008-09), Jenn Poore (C, Akron, #9, 2003-04) and Anissa Meashintubby (P, San Antonio, #40, 2003-04).
Closer to home this week, No. 9 Oregon (28-5, 5-1) welcomes Utah (14-16-1, 1-5) for a doubleheader Tuesday at 3 p.m., and series finale Wednesday at 11:30 a.m.
2013 NPF Draft Results – Presented by BOWNET
1. Rachele Fico, P, Akron Racers (LSU)
2. Olivia Galati, P, NY / NJ Comets (Hofstra)
3. Jolene Henderson, P, Chicago Bandits (Cal)
4. Keilani Ricketts, P, Oklahoma, USSSA Pride (Oklahoma)
5. Jessica Shults, C, USSSA Pride (Oklahoma)
> 6. Jessica Moore, P, NY / NJ Comets (Oregon)
7. Michelle Gascoigne, P, Chicago Bandits (Oklahoma)
8. Ivy Renfroe, P, Akron Racers (Tennessee)
9. Brianna Turang, OF, Akron Racers (Oklahoma)
10. Cyndil Matthew, OF, NY / NJ Comets (UMass)
11. Maggie Hull, OF, Chicago Bandits (Kansas)
12. Briana Cherry, OF, Akron Racers (La.-Lafayette)
13. Raven Chavanne, OF/3B, Chicago Bandits (Tennessee)
14. Samie Garcia, SS, NY / NJ Comets (South Carolina)
15. Mel Dumezich, P, Chicago Bandits (Texas A&M)
16. Tess Sito, U/P, Akron Racers (Georgia)
17. Bridgette Del Ponte, 3B/SS, Akron Racers (Arizona)
18. Courtney Liddle, 1B, NY / NJ Comets (Virginia Tech)
19. Jenna Marston, SS/C, Chicago Bandits (Missouri)
20. Chelsea Thomas, P, USSSA Pride (Missouri)
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