May 29, 2014
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Former UAB softball pitcher Lannah Campbell becomes the first-ever UAB softball student-athlete to continue her career at the professional level, after she signed a free agent deal with the Akron Racers of the National Pro Fastpitch organization, the team released on Wednesday.
The Satsuma, Ala. native is the first UAB softball student-athlete in the program’s 15-year history to move on and continue her career at the professional level.
“I am excited that Lannah has a chance to continue her playing career in the United States,” head coach Marla Townsend said. “She had several opportunities to play abroad, but I think having the opportunity to play with Hannah (twin sister) again was the deciding factor. She will continue to excel in the sport and touch numerous lives along the way. Great opportunities come to great people.”
Campbell earned All-Conference USA honors twice in her four-year stint, including second-team honors in 2012 and first-team honors in 2013. She was also named to the NFCA Mideast Region Second Team following her junior campaign, when she led the league in saves with six and led the Blazer pitching staff with 180 strikeouts, including four different occasions where she struck out 10 or more opposing hitters.
“I am extremely blessed to be given this opportunity,” Campbell said. “I’m really excited to be able to represent UAB and extend my career. I want to say thanks to my teammates and coaches for always believing in me. I wouldn’t be here without them.”
She caps off her UAB career with multiple appearances in UAB’s career record books. Her 2.15 career ERA ranks third, while her win total of 44 through four seasons ranks fourth in UAB history. She totaled seven saves, which ranks second in UAB history, while her career strikeouts (525), innings pitched (514.1) and appearances (124) all rank fourth.
Campbell joins her twin sister, Hannah, who was drafted third overall by the Akron Franchise in the 2014 National Pro Fastpitch Draft on March 31. The Campbell twins will be the first two left-handed pitchers in the Racers’ 13 seasons.
The Racers, headquartered in Akron, Ohio, have been part of the NPF since 2004. They finished third in the four-team NPF league last season, totaling a 16-32 record. The Racers are the oldest existing team in the league and competed in the Women’s Pro Softball League (WPSL) for two seasons in 1999 and 2000. The Racers’ home facility is Firestone Stadium, where they became the primary tenant of the venue in 1999.
National Pro Fastpitch is headquartered in Nashville, Tenn. The league, created to give elite female fast pitch players the opportunity to pursue a professional career in their chosen sport, has operated since 1997 under the names of Women's Pro Fastpitch (WPF) and Women's Pro Softball League (WPSL). NPF is the official Development Partner of Major League Baseball in the category of women's fast pitch softball since 2002.
Akron begins its season Thursday at 7:05 p.m. against the Chicago Bandits at Firestone Stadium in Akron. The 48-game slate runs through the month of August, where the season will culminate at the 2014 NPF Championship, held August 20-23 at the Hoover Metropolitan Stadium in Hoover, Ala.
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