With the college softball season in full swing, Bandits PR Intern Steve Jankowski took to the web to see what the 2011 Chicago Bandits draftees have been up to so far in their senior season. Check back each week to get a weekly update on how the draftees are doing.
Each selected player from the 2011 NPF Rookie Draft cannot officially sign a contract with their respective professional teams until after the completion of their college season.
Dorian Shaw – University of Michigan (Round 1, 4th overall)
Shaw was named a finalist for the 2011 USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year award by the Amateur Softball Association (ASA). She was previously named a finalist for the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award for softball.
Shaw and her Michigan teammates took on Purdue last weekend. In game one of the two-game series, she walked twice and scored two runs in a 13-1, five-inning rout of the Boilermakers.
In game two, Shaw got Michigan on the board with an RBI double. She then advanced to third on an illegal pitch and scored on Ashley Lane’s RBI single. She ended the day 2-for-3 with her first RBI in seven games as Michigan topped Purdue 10-0 in five innings.
Michigan hosted in-state rival Western Michigan on Tuesday and Shaw walked once in the Wolverine’s 6-1 win.
The next day, they hosted Central Michigan and Shaw had another quiet day, walking once in three plate appearance.
Shaw is hitting .394 this year with 11 home runs and 35 RBI for the second-ranked Wolverines. They are 37-3 on the year and 5-1 in Big Ten play.
Megan Wiggins – University of Georgia (Round 2, 8th overall)
Wiggins had a quiet Friday against Kentucky however, the team set a school record for doubles and extra base hits in a single game.
On Saturday, Wiggins got Georgia on the board with an RBI single and later scored a run in the first inning. In the seventh, she singled for her third hit of the day and scored on Ashley Razey’s home run as the Bulldogs went on to win 8-3.
Georgia completed the sweep on Sunday by pounding out nine runs on 18 hits, three of which came off the bat of Wiggins. She had two singles and a double on the day.
The Bulldogs visited rival Georgia Tech on Wednesday and Wiggins scored the go-ahead run in the fifth inning, after leading off the inning with a triple. In the sixth, Wiggins reached on a fielder’s choice and scored on a grand slam from Razey which put Georgia ahead for good in their 10-8 win.
Wiggins, an All-SEC first teamer last season, is hitting .388, with 36 RBI, six home runs and a team-high 15 doubles for the fourth-ranked Bulldogs, who are 36-6 on the season.
Alisa Goler – University of Georgia (Round 3, 12th overall)
Goler is the other Bandits draftee up for the 2011 USA Softball Player of the Year award. She is also in the running for the Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award.
Goler, already the career leader in home runs for Georgia, hit two home runs in the first game of a three-game series vs. Kentucky last Friday in a 6-1 win. She finished the day 2-for-3.
Goler walked twice and scored a run on Saturday vs. the Wildcats and on Sunday she added another walk and run scored as the Bulldogs completed the sweep of Kentucky.
Against Georgia Tech, Goler walked in all four of her plate appearances in Georgia’s 10-8 win.
So far this year, she has hit .404 with a team-high 15 home runs and 45 runs batted in. She’s slugging .875, and is a perfect 4-for-4 in stolen base attempts.
Kristin Shifflett – Radford University (Round 4, 16th overall)
Shifflett continued her torrid pace offensively with a two-run home run against Presbyterian in the first game of a doubleheader last Saturday. Radford won the game 3-1. She erased a 1-0 deficit in the third inning with her second home run of the year.
In game two, Radford’s offense exploded for 11 runs on 14 hits as they won 11-3 in five innings. Shifflett went 1-for-4 with an RBI.
On Sunday, Shifflett drove in the first run of the game with an RBI single in the fifth inning. The Highlanders completed the three-game sweep of Presbyterian with a 2-0 win, moving them into first place in the Big South Conference.
On Wednesday, Radford dropped a 4-1 decision to Virginia Tech, but Shifflett doubled in the sixth inning to extend her hitting streak to seven games. She came around to score Radford’s only run of the game.
Shifflett’s hitting streak has improved her batting average to .304 on the year. She also has two home runs and 16 RBI for Radford, who is 25-14 on the season.
She is the first Radford University female athlete to be drafted by a professional sports team, and the second Radford alum to play for the Bandits, after Ashley Carlson spent two seasons with the Bandits.
Kara Nelson – Illinois State University (Round 5, 20th overall)
Last weekend against Northern Iowa, Nelson helped the Redbirds sweep a Saturday doubleheader at home, going 1-for-4 in game one with a run batted in.
In the second game, Nelson stepped to the plate in the seventh inning with the game tied at 2 and a runner on first base. After a wild pitch put the runner on second, Nelson drove the next pitch to the wall in left-center field to win the game.
Illinois State couldn’t complete the sweep on Sunday, however, but Nelson kept her hitting streak alive with a base hit. The loss snapped ISU’s eight-game winning streak.
On Tuesday night at DePaul, Nelson hit her first home run of the year. The solo blast in the third inning also extended her hitting streak to 13 games. DePaul held off ISU’s late comeback bid to win 10-6.
Nelson, from Moline, Ill., is the first Illinois State softball player to be selected in the NPF draft. She leads the Missouri Valley Conference with a .409 batting average and a league-high three triples. She has also added 17 RBI and 28 runs scored for ISU, who is 23-13 on the year and 9-2 in Missouri Valley Conference play.