April 16, 2019

Cleveland Comets Select Piper & Clark in 2019 NPF Draft

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State softball seniors Lilli Piper and Emily Clark were selected in the third and fourth rounds, respectively, of the National Pro Fastpitch College Draft on Monday night.

The Cleveland Comets selected Piper and Clark with the No. 15 and No. 16 overall picks. Two selections in the draft are the most in one year in Ohio State’s program history. The duo joins Sam Marder and Alicia Herron, who were drafted to the then Akron Racers in 2010 and 2012, respectively.

Piper is a two-time All-American and holds the single-season home run record (20) at OSU. The Norton, Ohio native has been named a unanimous first team All-Big Ten honoree twice and became the second player in program history to join the 50/50 club behind 50 runs and 58 RBI as a junior. This season, the shortstop leads the conference with 118 assists and stands second in fielding double plays (12). Piper is batting .394, the fifth-best mark in the Big Ten, while registering 50 hits to rank seventh.

Clark has been tabbed as an All-Big Ten selection twice and placed on All-Region Teams three times in her career. At the plate, Clark is batting .355 this year while slugging .687. The second baseman has 35 RBI, which ties for seventh in the league, and 22 hits for extra bases, including eight home runs. The Prospect, Ohio native currently ranks fifth with 150 RBI and 41 doubles in Ohio State’s career records.

The NPF Draft featured five rounds of five selections each round for a total of 25 overall draftees in the 2019 rookie class. Drafting an athlete gives an NPF affiliate team rights to that athlete for two full seasons. Due to NCAA regulations, an active college senior athlete may not sign with her respective franchise until their 2019 college season is over.

National Pro Fastpitch (NPF), an Official Development Partner of Major League Baseball since 2004, provides elite female athletes with an opportunity to pursue a professional career in fastpitch softball beyond their collegiate and amateur success.