Emily Carosone Photo Courtesy of Auburn University
ROSEMONT, IL (June 15, 2016) – The Chicago Bandits have agreed to terms on a one-year contract with fourth round draft pick Emily Carosone, per general manager Aaron M. Moore.
“We’re excited to bring Emily aboard for the rest of the season,” Moore said. “She comes from an excellent program at Auburn and we’re glad to add a player of her ability.”
Carosone, who was selected 22nd overall in this past year’s National Pro Fastpitch Draft, became a household name in collegiate softball after smacking a walk-off grand slam in game two of the championship in the Women’s College World Series, keeping Auburn’s season temporarily alive. The Tigers would go on to drop game three, but Carosone cemented her name in the record books. Her grand slam made her just the second player ever (including NCAA baseball and MLB) to hit a walk-off grand slam in the postseason.
However, Carosone’s success at the collegiate level was not limited to postseason heroics. She capped off a storied career at Auburn, being named to multiple All-American teams. She is just the second player in program history to accomplish that feat.
“Playing professionally has been a dream of mine, and so many other girls for such a long time,” said Carosone. “And I am so blessed that I have the opportunity to play for the Bandits. I look forward to my time in Chicago and cannot wait to see what the future holds.
“I've heard amazing things about the Bandits and their organization and am proud to now call myself a Bandit.”
Additionally, Carosone held a career batting average of .406, which included a career-high mark of .438 in 2015. In her breakout junior season, Carosone drove in 80 runs, breaking the single-season school record, and for her efforts she earned a spot as a finalist for the 2015 USA Softball Player of the Year.
The Orlando, Fla. native ended her Tiger career as the school’s all-time leader in hits, originally held by former New England Riptide outfielder Ashley Moore, as well as hit by pitches. She ended her career with 285 hits, 85 hit by pitches, 44 home runs and 218 RBI.
“Carosone’s consistent success in the SEC was very attractive to us,” Moore said. “She proved she can play at a high-level and against difficult competition in the SEC.
“Emily is going to get her chances to contribute to the lineup right away and we’re looking forward to seeing how the season plays out.”
Carosone, who will wear No. 15, is expected to join the team ahead of the Bandits upcoming three-game home series against the Akron Racers, beginning Friday.
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About the Chicago Bandits:
Since 2005, the Chicago Bandits have been members of the National Pro Fastpitch (NPF) league. Located in Rosemont, the Bandits provide an opportunity for female fastpitch players to further their careers at a professional level, and the roster has included such names as Jennie Finch, Stacy May-Johnson, Emily Allard and Tammy Williams. The three-time NPF Champions, who are owned by Bill Sokolis, play at The Ballpark at Rosemont, the only stadium in the country built for a women’s professional team. The 2016 season will be the Bandits 12th season in the NPF.
About National Pro Fastpitch (NPF):
National Pro Fastpitch (NPF), an Official Development Partner of Major League Baseball since 2002, provides elite female athletes with an opportunity to pursue a professional career in diamond sports beyond their collegiate success. The 2016 NPF season will be televised on CBS Sports Network. Coverage includes the NPF College Draft presented by Bownet on Thur., April 14, followed by 23 regular-season games, a Championship Series Preview Special and the 2016 NPF Championship Series. The NPF recently announced that the Scrap Yard Dawgs, located in The Woodlands, Texas, will join the Akron Racers, Chicago Bandits, Dallas Charge, Pennsylvania Rebellion and USSSA Pride for the 2016 season. National Pro Fastpitch players hail from the U.S., Australia, Canada, Japan, the Netherlands and New Zealand, representing the most accomplished and talented athletes in the sport of women’s softball.
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