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Osterman Top Pick in NPF Senior Draft

The seven National Pro Fastpitch teams recently completed the 2006 Senior College Player Selections to help solidify rosters for the 2006 season. 

Due to NCAA regulations, an active college senior-athlete may not sign with the respective franchise until the 2006 college season is finished. Players selected in the Senior Draft will be permitted to pursue any available roster spot on their assigned team after completing their college season. Senior draft rights expire August 31, 2006. 

NPF kicks off its third season of play May 31, with the Akron Racers, Arizona Heat, Chicago Bandits, New England Riptide and Texas Thunder returning to action along with inaugural squads the Connecticut Brakettes and Philadelphia Force. 

Cat Osterman was the top pick, going to the Brakettes, while teammate Tina Boutelle went in the fourth round to the Thunder. UCLA led the way with three players selected, all in the opening round. Andrea Duran will be joining Osterman in Connecticut with the third pick, while Emily Zaplatosch and Caitlin Benyi were selected at Nos. 7 and 8 by Texas and Akron, respectively. 

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

1st Round: 
Connecticut, Cat Osterman, P, Univ. of Texas 
Philadelphia, Stephanie VanBrakle, P, Univ. of Alabama 
Connecticut, Andrea Duran, 3B, UCLA 
New England, Kristin Vesely, OF, Univ. of Oklahoma 
Arizona, Alicia Hollowell, P, Univ. of Arizona 
Akron, Jennie Ritter, P, Univ. of Mich 
Texas, Emily Zaplatosch, C, UCLA 
Akron, Caitlin Benyi, 2B, UCLA 
Chicago traded with 
New England, Kristi Durant, 3B/C, Univ. of Tennessee 

2nd Round: 
Philadelphia, Sarah Fekete, OF, Univ. of Tennessee 
Connecticut, Adrienne Alo, IF/OF, Oregon State 
New England trade from 1st round with 
Chicago, Stacy May, 3B/SS, Univ. of Iowa 
(Chicago also gets New England’s 4th round pick next year) 
Philadelphia, Harmony Schwethelm, OF/IF, Baylor 
Texas, Serena Settlemier, P, Kansas University 
Akron, Sara Larquier, 3B, Univ. of Virginia 
Chicago, Amanda Williams, OF, Marshall University (West Virginia) 

3rd Round: 
Philadelphia, Haley Woods, C/1B, Cal Berkeley 
Connecticut, Aimee Minor, OF, Univ. of Washington 
New England, Tiffany Stewart, OF, Univ. of S. Florida 
Arizona, Desiree Serrano, P, Arizona State 
Texas, Krystal Lewallen, P, Univ. of Louisiana (Lafayette) 
Akron, Lindsay James, OF, Cal Berkeley 
Chicago traded with 
New England, Lisa Allen, C, Oregon State 

4th 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, Univ. of Texas 
Akron, Ashley Smith, C, Univ. of South Carolina 
Chicago, Jessica Williams, SS, Marshall University (West Virginia)