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Cal’s Makena Smith drafted 15th in Women's Pro Fastpitch Draft

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APRIL 20, 2023

On April 17th, Cal softball’s own Makena Smith was selected 15th in the Women’s Pro Fastpitch Draft by the Smash It Sports Vipers.

The senior currently has a career on-base percentage of .438 in addition to an impressive 42 home runs and 225 hits over the course of her 201 games played (all starts). She’s been used everywhere defensively as a full-time starter in Berkeley, playing third base, catcher and first base.

Smith has also made a defensive appearance in another sport, playing as a goalkeeper for the blue and gold’s women’s soccer team in 2021. In her time on the pitch, Smith earned a Pac-12 Goalie of the Week nod after a tremendous seven saves in a 1-1 draw against the then-defending national champions, the Santa Clara Broncos.

In drafting Smith, the Vipers are drafting an encouraging leader, both in the dugout and the diamond. She’s one of the louder, more powerful players on the team, using her voice, glove and bat alike to rile up teammates and fans.

“It’s been a rollercoaster for sure,” said Smith. “My teammates were with me when I got drafted … It felt great.”

With multiple Pac-12 honors and dominant statistics, the Vipers are getting a seasoned and talented athlete in Smith — and Cal has produced yet another “Pro Bear.”

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APRIL 21, 2023