Texas softball great Taylor Thom – the 2014 Big 12 Player of the Year – signed a free agent contract to play for the National Pro Fastpitch expansion franchise Dallas Charge. The details of Thom’s contract were not disclosed in Thursday’s announcement.
She becomes the second player from Texas for the Charge, which will open their inaugural season on June 3 at home against the Pennsylvania Rebellion, which hosts former Longhorn Mandy Ogle.
Thom becomes the seventh former Longhorn to join the NPF, which includes Cat Osterman, Megan Willis, Brejae Washington, Nadia Taylor, Ogle and Blair Luna.
“I am extremely excited to to sign with the Charge and play against and with some of the best players in the game,” Thom said in a press release. “I’m looking forward to starting my NPF career in my home state and being able to reconnect with the great softball fans in Texas.”
The Cedar Park native is Texas’ career leader in RBIs (178) and ranks second all-time in career home runs (38). She was the 2011 Big 12 Freshman of the Year and was a three-time All-Big 12 selection. Thom set Texas’ single-season RBI record in 2013 while helping the Longhorns make their first College World Series appearance since 2006.
By signing with the Charge, Thom will be reunited with coach Jennifer McFalls, a current assistant at Texas. McFalls worked closely with Thom as the Longhorns’ defensive coach.
Thom graduated from Vista Ridge High School in 2010 and was a three-time all-state selection.
News on Bevo Beat is free and unlimited. Access to the rest of Hookem.com is included with an Austin American-Statesman subscription in addition to Statesman.com and the ePaper edition. Subscribe today at statesman.com/subscribe.