March 31, 2014
EVANSTON, Ill. -- Northwestern fifth-year senior Emily Allard (Antioch, Calif./Deer Valley) has been drafted by the Chicago Bandits of National Pro Fastpitch in the league's Senior Draft held Monday, March 31.
Seniors in college do not declare for the NPF Senior Draft, but are eligible to be selected by a franchise. That franchise then holds the rights to the player until she has completed her collegiate eligibility, at which point she is able to sign with the team and compete for an available roster spot.
The Bandits selected Allard in the third round of the draft with the 12th overall pick. She will join 2009 Northwestern graduate and four-time All-American Tammy Williams on the Bandits' roster. Williams, the 2009 NPF Rookie of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year, has re-signed for her fifth season in the league in 2014.
Allard is a career .405 batter for Northwestern and is the NCAA's active career stolen base leader with 132. She ranks second among all active NCAA Division I players with 267 base hits. The 2011 NFCA Golden Shoes Award winner as the nation's top base stealer, Allard also set the NU single-season batting record that year with a .491 mark.
After battling an injury in 2012 and receiving a medical hardship waiver for the 2013 season, Allard is back in top form atop the NU lineup this year. She currently leads the Wildcats with a .406 batting average and has 26 runs scored through 27 games for NU's top-10 nationally ranked offense.
Allard will be the eighth Wildcat to play in National Professional Fastpitch, joining Carri Leto Martin (N.Y./N.J Juggernaut, 2004-05; Philadelphia Force, 2006; New England Riptide, 2007-08); Garland Cooper (New England Riptide, 2007); Eileen Canney (New England Riptide, 2007-08; Chicago Bandits, 2009-10), Williams (Chicago Bandits, 2009 and 2011-present), Nicole Pauly (Chicago Bandits, 2010; Akron Racers, 2011-12), Robin Thompson (Chicago Bandits, 2011) and Adrienne Monka (Chicago Bandits, 2012).
Allard is the seventh Wildcat to be selected during the NPF Senior Draft, joining Leto, Cooper, Canney, Williams, Monka and current Northwestern pitching coach Courtnay Foster, who was chosen in 2006 but elected not to play in the league. Pauly and Thompson both earned their way into the league via open tryouts.
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