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Paige Lowary's collegiate softball career ended less than two weeks ago, but the former Sooner pitcher is already starting her next chapter. 

Lowary, the No. 1 pick in the 2018 NPF Draft, signed a one-year deal with the Chicago Bandits on Tuesday. 


“We are thrilled to add a pitcher of Paige’s ability and character to our roster,” Bandits general manager Toni Calmeyn said in a release. “She’s a tremendous talent and should be a welcome addition to our pitching staff in 2018.”

In her two-year career with the Sooners, Lowary set the program record for single-season saves (11) and career saves (24). 

Lowary, who is represented by Young Money APAA, isn't the only Sooner with a new professional contract. 

Centerfielder Nicole Pendley signed a contract of her own Tuesday. Pendley, the No. 12 pick overall, signed a two-year contract with the USSSA Pride. 

“I am excited to be adding another very talented player to the Pride roster,” Pride General Manager Don DeDonatis said in a statement. “Nicole Pendley, a four-year starter and two-time NCAA National Champion gives us another player that is used to winning. She brings power and her defensive skills are second to none.”

The Pride have landed plenty of former Sooners in the past, including Nicole's sister, Shelby. Lauren Chamberlain and Keilani Ricketts have also both played for the Pride. 

Former OU pitcher Paige Parker was also drafted by the Pride earlier this year, but she hasn't signed a contract yet. 

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Oklahoma's Paige Lowary (14) throws against Washington during a Women's College World Series NCAA softball game in Oklahoma City, Sunday, June 3, 2018. (Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman via AP)

Oklahoma's Paige Lowary (14) throws against Washington during a Women's College World Series NCAA softball game in Oklahoma City, Sunday, June 3, 2018. (Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman via AP)

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Brooke Pryor comes to The Oklahoman by way of North Carolina where she worked for a handful of organizations primarily covering UNC athletics. She covered UNC as the sports editor of the Daily Tar... Read more ›

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