OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – Current Clemson softball outfielder Caroline Jacobsen heard her name called on Monday evening during the Women’s Professional Fastpitch Draft in Oklahoma City, Okla. Jacobsen was drafted in the fifth round as the 20th overall pitch by the USSSA Pride, who reside in Viera, Fla. Jacobsen is Clemson softball’s first-ever draft selection.
Jacobsen has made an immediate impact for the Tigers in 2023 batting .315 with 41 hits, including 11 doubles and 10 home runs. She has scored 29 runs and tallied 37 RBIs. She maintains a .631 slugging percentage and clocked seven stolen bases. Starting in every game this season, the Tallahassee, Fla., native has tallied 42 putouts and four assists in right field, including turning a double play last week against in-state rival South Carolina to help seal the Palmetto Series sweep.
The WPF is entering its second year as a league and consists of four teams: Smash It Sports Vipers, USSSA Pride, Oklahoma City Spark and the Texas Smoke. The 2023 WPF season runs from June 15 through August 7 with the playoffs beginning on August 11 and concluding with a three-game championship series August 15-17. Athletes are unable to sign a contract with their respective WPF team until they have exhausted their NCAA eligibility.