Dec. 6, 2000
SAN ANTONIO, TX - Florida State senior outfielder Serita Brooks was the ninth overall selection in the 2001 Women's Pro Softball League (WPSL) senior draft held in San Antonio, TX Saturday, December 2. The junior college transfer from Cottondale, AL was the first outfielder selected and she is the ninth Seminole softball player to enter the professional ranks.
"We are extremely excited for Serita," said head coach JoAnne Graf. "It is a fantastic opportunity for her to continue to play the sport after she completes her collegiate career. I think it is a reflection on how hard Serita has worked and the continued success of the Florida State softball program."
Brooks garnered first team All-Southeast Region honors and was named second team Louisville Slugger All-American after leading the ACC with a .401 batting average and lead the team in hits with 99, triples with eight, runs scored with 54, stolen bases with 42 and at bats with 247.
"When evaluating the draft, we felt that Serita brought so much speed to the table," said Ohio Pride General Manager Joey Arrietta. "Her 42 stolen bases and 54 runs really got our attention. She plays a good outfield and she has tremendous speed and range."
Brooks started for the Seminoles in center field, was an All-ACC selection and member of the ACC All-Tournament Team. Her 99 hits set a new FSU single-season record and she was one of only four players to play in all 78 games. She also earned all-tournament honors at the Los Angeles regional after batting .317 with three RBI
"We think Serita can help us offensively also," said Arrietta. "She possesses the skills we need to compete at the highest level. We really think she is a quality all-around player. Considering the emphasis on pitching and catching, the fact that she was the first outfielder selected is a tremendous compliment to her abilities."
Brooks hit safely in 23 of the last 25 games, including a 12-game hitting streak - her longest of the season and her 30 RBI's ranked her fourth on the team. She recorded hits in the first seven games of the season and she also had a 10-game hitting streak. Brooks was the team-leader with 30 multi-hit games.
"I'm very happy to have a player like Serita on our team," said Arrietta. "She is the type of player that is very exciting to watch from a fan and television perspective. She just elevates the excitement of our game."