COLLEGE STATION -- The Philadelphia Force, a member of the National Pro Fastpitch, selected Texas A&M centerfielder Sharonda McDonald in the fourth round of the 2007 draft, the organization released.
“I feel very blessed to have the opportunity to keep playing the game I love so much,” McDonald said. “It means a lot to me to be able to continue on in the professional ranks and represent the Aggie softball program, once my college days are through. I take a lot of pride in having played for such an amazing university. I love being an Aggie!”
The Houston-native currently holds the A&M career record for most stolen bases (136). She is also tied for the NCAA record in most consecutive stolen bases (73). The two-time Midwest All-Region player earned the NFCA/adidas Golden Shoe Award for stolen bases having gone a perfect 48-for-48 in her sophomore season. McDonald also earned Big 12 Freshman of the Year accolades her first year of play with the Aggies.
“I am proud of all Sho has accomplished at Texas A&M,” commented A&M head coach Jo Evans. “She came to us as a right-handed hitter and shortstop and she ended up being Big 12 Freshman of the Year as a centerfielder/left-handed hitter. She is a very gifted athlete with a rare combination of great strength and great speed. She has excelled in the classroom and on the field and she is a terrific representative of Texas A&M and our softball program. I'm sure Sho will be successful in the Pro League and continue to bring honor to Texas A&M and our softball program.”
McDonald will join former Aggie outfielder, Rocky Spencer on the Force roster following the completion of her senior season.