June 10, 2014
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Seminoles.com) - Even though her collegiate career ended on May 31 in Oklahoma City at the 2014 Women's College World Series, Briana Hamilton's professional softball career began on June 8 as she made her debut for the Pennsylvania Rebellion of the National Pro Fastpitch league.
"Very excited for Bri to be able to continue playing softball on a professional level," said head coach Lonni Alameda. "After her injury last season, she put countless hours of work and rehab to be in a position to help our team be successful this season and that has paid off with an opportunity to play professional softball in the NPF. I am very proud of her and what she has meant to this program and I look forward to watching her succeed at the next level."
Hamilton finished her career at Florida State with a .242 batting average, 20 doubles, six triples, 28 home runs and 99 RBI. Her 28 career home runs ranks fourth all-time in FSU history and she also finished in the top-10 in career assists (361 - 9th) and slugging percentage (.492 - 10th). She was named to the All-ACC first team in 2012 and earned All-ACC third team honors in 2014.
The Woodruff, S.C., native had her best season in 2014 as she posted personal single-season bests in batting average (.288), hits (44), doubles (9) and walks (29). Hamilton was also great defensively all season long, most notably in the NCAA tournament as her plays against USF and Michigan allowed the Seminoles to reach the Women's College World Series for the first time since 2004.
Hamilton is the latest in a long line of former Seminoles to continue playing professionally or internationally. She joins players such as Veronica Wootson (2007-08), Carly Wynn (2010) and Shamalene Wilson (1997) to compete in the NPF.
For more information on the National Pro Fastpitch league or the PA Rebellion, please go to http://profastpitch.com.