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Gonzaga's Vandersloot To Throw Out First Pitch At Mariners Game

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Courtney Vandersloot, taken No. 3 in the WBNA Draft, will throw out the first pitch at Sunday's Mariners game in Seattle (Photo: SWX) Courtney Vandersloot, taken No. 3 in the WBNA Draft, will throw out the first pitch at Sunday's Mariners game in Seattle (Photo: SWX)

Everyone knows Courtney Vandersloot can play basketball with the best of them. But can she throw a baseball? Fans will soon find out as she throws out the ceremonial first pitch at the Mariners game this weekend.

The game on Sunday against Oakland starts shortly after 1 p.m. The game will be televised on ROOT Sports and streamed on MLB.com. 

Vandersloot told SWX she intends to throw a strike right down the middle.

Vandersloot was the No. 3 pick in the recent WNBA draft and the star of last season's Gonzaga team that made it into the Elite 8 round of the NCAA Tournament. She was the West Coast Conference Player of the Year - for the third time - as well as the WCC Conference Most Valuable Player. She made several All-American teams and won both the Naismith Player of the Year and Nancy Lieberman Awards. Vandersloot is also the first player to score 2,000 points and dish out 1,000 assists - man or woman.

Vandersloot was selected by the Chicago Sky and will play with Spokane native Angie Bjorklund, who was also drafted by Chicago. Bjorklund played at the University of Tennessee.

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