December 8, 1998
Columbia, Mo. - Missouri Head Coach Jay Miller is pleased to announce that two of his seniors were picked in last Saturday's Women's Professional Softball League draft. Seniors Jamie Lowry and Kim Slover were both selected by the Georgia Pride of the WPSL.
Lowry, starting second baseman for the Tigers in 1999, was selected in the 2nd round, 11th pick overall to play for the Georgia Pride. Lowry has a career batting average of .289. During her three seasons with the Tigers she has totaled 74 runs, 8 homeruns and 75 RBIs.
" I am really excited about the opportunity this development offers me. It will be a good learning experience. Depending on negotiations, I plan on going this summer," stated Lowry in reaction to the news. "I have known Coach Bristow since I began seriously playing summer ball when I was 14. It is comforting knowing the coach and knowing that Kim may also be going to Georgia."
Slover was selected in the 3rd round, 17th pick overall of this year's draft to also play for the Pride. Last season Slover was picked in the 4th round by the Tampa Bay Firestix however she chose to finish up her collegiate eligibility rather than turn pro. Due to a knee injury, she served a medical hardship last season for the Tigers. Her career states show excellent leadership and talent on the field. Slover is the Tiger's all time leading hitter with a .368 average with 54 runs, and 64 RBI. Her fielding percentage of .986 show how important she has been to the Tigers at first base.
"I am surprised to have been drafted higher this year than last year. I'm planning to report in the summer if things go well," said Slover. This year's draft comes at an opportune time for Slover. She had been debating about her academic future but since the draft "things have fallen into place." Slover is looking forward to continuing to play ball along side her current teammate Jamie Lowry in Georgia.
The players have not signed to play for the Pride yet because they can not negotiate until after the 1999 collegiate season ends in May.
The Georgia Pride plays at the South Commons Softball Stadium in Columbus. Head coach Cindy Bristow was the director of the 1996 gold medal winning Olympic softball team.
"This says a lot about our program when we have two players drafted in the first 3 rounds of the draft. We are the only Big 12 school that can boast of this." Said Head Coach Jay Miller. " This is a great opportunity for Jamie and Kim to continue playing and make a little money competing in a sport they love. I am very proud of them."
Jamie Lowry - 5 - Second base; B: R / T: R; 5-3 ; Senior (3 letters); Wright City, Mo.; Wright City High School (Dan Springman).
Kim Slover - 20 - First base; B: L / T: L ; 5-3; Senior (3 letters); St. Charles, Mo.; St. Charles West (Dave Bazzell).
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