“I was so excited when I heard my name at the draft and I can’t wait to go to Chicago and play hard there,” Brown said. “But also knowing that when I take this Carolina jersey off, that I’m going to put a Chicago one on.”
Brown didn’t let the moment sink in too long, though, before she shifted her focus back to her current team.
She once again led the Tar Heels over the weekend, tallying six hits and five RBIs against the Cavaliers.
Overall, UNC spread out 22 hits throughout the series, compared to UVa.’s 28. Kendra Lynch started in all three games, pitching 18 1/3 innings and pitching two complete games.
“They scored more runs and wound up on the winning side of it with two out of three games, so we’re just really disappointed,” Coach Donna Papa said. “I felt like we could’ve, should’ve, coming up here, won all three games and then unfortunately we didn’t and they played very well. We came out on the short side of it.”
The Tar Heels still hope they can qualify for the NCAA Tournament, a feat they’ve accomplished twice in Brown’s career. Her teams have never advanced past the NCAA Regional.
And while achieving this is her main priority, Brown said her immediate plans following graduation are to join the Bandits. Their first game is May 29.
“It was kind of a surprise. I was just hoping to get drafted,” she said. “I love the Bandits organization and going there is such an honor.
“They won (the Cowles Cup) last year, and I’m so excited to go out there and play hard for them.”
Papa said Brown has been a catalyst for the team, never letting outside distractions affect her offensive prowess or work ethic.
“I’m really proud of her. Her whole career she’s worked really hard and stayed very humble,” she said. “She’s a quality person and a quality player, and she had a great weekend this weekend.
“I know she was really excited that the Bandits drafted her and that’s really where she wanted to go. So it’s just her opportunity to continue to play the game.”