NORMAN — Brianna Turang became the third member of Oklahoma’s senior class to join the National Pro Fastpitch ranks this week as she agreed to terms with the Akron Racers, it was announced Tuesday.
Turang joins Jessica Shults and Michelle Gascoigne in signing a deal with an NPF team as Shults recently became a member of the USSSA Pride and Gascoigne debuted with the Chicago Bandits. The fourth member of OU’s senior class, Keilani Ricketts, is currently in Oklahoma City as she takes part in the 2013 USA Softball Women’s National Team Selection Camp.
“I couldn’t be more excited to play for the Racers and I am eager to get to Akron as soon as possible to begin my career as a pro,” Turang said.
Chosen ninth overall in the NPF Draft on April 1, Turang achieved second-team All-American status as a senior. She hit .404 with 50 runs scored, five doubles and a triple. She got on base at a .477 clip and slugged .456.
In addition to being an All-American, the Corona, Calif., native was placed on the 2013 Women’s College World Series All-Tournament Team and was an All-Big 12 first team selection. She was also tabbed first-team All-Region and was an inaugural member of the All-Big 12 Defensive Team.
Turang finished her Sooners career ranked fifth in school history in stolen bases (64), eighth in batting average (.358) and 10th in triples (7). In the classroom, the lefty slapper was a two-time Academic All-Big 12 First Team honoree.
The Akron Racers, headquartered in Akron, Ohio, are the oldest existing team in the NPF. The Racers competed in the Women's Pro Softball League (WPSL) for two seasons in 1999 and 2000 and have been in the NPF since 2004. The Racers kicked off their 12th season of play in 2013.