COLLEGE STATION, Texas – Former Texas A&M softball player Jami Lobpries recently signed with the Philadelphia Force, one of the six teams of National Pro Fastpitch (NPF). Lobpries will make her professional debut in 2009.
“I'm really excited to have this chance to play the game I love at such a high level,” said Lobpries. “I'm looking forward to competing against the best softball players in the country and having the opportunity to carry that professional athlete label. I want to go in and compete for a starting position and do anything I can to help our team win a championship.”
The Wharton, Texas, native hit .252 with nine doubles, two triples, two home runs, 30 RBI and 14 stolen bases in 62 games as a senior. Lobpries and the Aggies ended their 2008 season with a school-best 57 wins, earning their second Big 12 regular season title and first Big 12 Championship tournament title en route to their second consecutive Women’s College World Series appearance.
The starting centerfielder for the Aggies’ 2008 national runner-up team tallied four hits and two walks with a double, a run scored and an RBI to earn accolades on the WCWS All-Tournament team.
As a player for the Force, Lobpries joins former A&M softball teammate Megan Gibson. A three-time All-American, Gibson was the number two overall pick in the 2008 NPF Senior Draft.
“The chance to continue playing with a teammate that I've always admired as an athlete and softball player in Megan is really exciting,” continued Lobpries. “We played a year together before college, then four years here, and just the thought of having another year with her as a teammate made my decision to play that much easier. I’m looking forward to representing Texas A&M softball in the NPF.”
Rocky Spencer and Sharonda McDonald are two additional Aggies that also played for the Force.
Six teams compete in NPF, including the Washington Glory, New England Riptide, Akron Racers, Chicago Bandits, Rockford Thunder and Philadelphia Force. The schedule includes a 48-game regular season schedule. The NPF Spring Training Camp for all teams begins in mid-to-late May. League play begins in early June and ends in late August, followed by the NPF Championship Series.