Two 2018 graduates from the Loyola Marymount softball team, Alicia Brown and Sabrina Tebou, will be making their professional softball debut this summer as members of the American Softball Association in the league’s inaugural season.
Brown was selected in the ASBA draft with the 44th overall pick and will be playing for team Future1s. Tebou was picked up as a free agent by the E1 Pro Ballers.
“I am so excited to have an opportunity to play professional softball,” Brown expressed. “I’ve played softball all my life but never dreamed that a professional career was possible. I really want to thank all my prior coaches, teammates, and my family for helping me through this journey. It is such an honor to have been selected to play softball in the future 1s organization and in the inaugural season of the ASBA. I’m going to try my best to deserve this honor and to be a good representative for the LMU family.
Brown finished her time at LMU with a career batting average of .316. She ranks second all-time in LMU softball history in career doubles with 47, third in slugging percentage at .551, fourth in RBIs with 126, fifth in total bases with 321, tied for sixth in home runs with 30 and tied for ninth all-time in assists with 339. She holds the WCC single-season doubles record with 20.
“I am ecstatic that Alicia is able to continue her softball career,” LMU head coach Sami Strinz-Ward said. “She has been a mainstay in our program over her four years and she is so deserving of the opportunity to be a professional softball player! Alicia will provide solid offense to her pro team with a great deal of power. She’s such an athletic woman that they will be able to use her in multiple positions which always increases athletes’ chances to make the lineup. I’m so proud of her and I can’t wait to follow her career!
Tebou secured 68 hits in her four-year career at LMU, including 11 home runs and 17 doubles. She also tallied 45 RBI, 35 runs, 69 assists and 152 putouts. During her senior season this spring, she posted career highs in hits (39), home runs (7), doubles (8), RBI (22), and put outs (65).
“Sabrina has been a selfless leader for us for the past four years,” Strinz-Ward said. “She was one of our hardest workers. I remember telling her after her first semester of her freshman year that she is someone who I would have loved to have had as a teammate. E1 Pro Ballers are lucky to have her. I have no doubt that she will make a mark on their organization the same way she has on ours.”
Brown and Tebou were both members of the Lions’ 2018 NISC Championship team. Brown earned NISC Colorado Regional MVP and NISC Championship Round All-Tournament Team honors after notching five home runs including two grand slams and 16 RBIs in just seven games throughout the tournament.
“Getting the opportunity to play professionally for E1 means that I get to continue to play the sport that I love and be part of an organization that’s committed to help grow the sport of softball while also providing opportunities for the generations to come,” Tebou said.
Tebou was selected to the NISC Colorado Regional All-Tournament Team. She launched a grand slam of her own in the NISC opener vs. Northern Colorado to help LMU earn a 7-4 comeback victory in the bottom of the sixth.
The inaugural season is based in Mobile, Ala. and will run from June 15 through July 31, 2018. The league has four teams: the Future1s, E1 Pro Ballers, Moh-BEEL! USA and Outkast.
Click here for the league’s full schedule.
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