Wyckoff Signs with Akron Racers of NPF
TAMPA, May 31, 2016 – Recent graduate Kristen Wyckoff won't see her softball career come to an end as the USF softball standout recently signed with the Akron Racers of the National Pro Fastpitch League.
“Continuing my softball career means the world to me,” Wyckoff said. “Softball was always my first love and playing at the highest level was always a dream. I wasn't ready to be done playing, so being able to have the opportunity to continue playing at the highest level is something very special to me. I am beyond grateful to have the chance to keep fulfilling my dreams and help the game of softball grow bigger and bigger.”
Wyckoff joins an extensive list of NPF players from USF and is the second Bulls in the last two seasons to sign with a team (Lee Ann Spivey, '16).
Wyckoff is one of the most prolific base stealers in USF history as she finished her career in second place all-time with 80 career stolen bases. She is just the second player in program history to reach that mark and has recorded at least 15 stolen bases in each of her four years.
For her career, Wyckoff was a .383 hitter with a .448 on-base percentage and 134 runs scored. She finished with over a .400 average in her last two seasons, ranking fifth and seventh for single-season average in USF history. In 2017, she was named to the NFCA All-Mideast Region second team, and was a unanimous first team all-conference selection. She was a 2016 NFCA All-Region second-team selection and second team all-conference selection. In 2015, she was a NFCA All-Mideast Region third team selection and second team all-conference selection.
ABOUT THE NPF
National Pro Fastpitch (NPF), formerly the Women's Pro Softball League (WPSL), is the only professional women's softball league in the United States. NPF currently features six teams: USSSA Florida Pride, Akron Racers, Chicago Bandits, Texas Charge, the Houston Scrap Yard Dawgs, and Shougang Eagles. Each year, the playoff teams battle for the Cowles Cup.
The WPSL was founded in 1997 and folded in 2001; the NPF revived the league in 2004. The 2004 season was distinguished by 178 league-wide games, 96 of the best female softball players in the country, the continued support of Major League Baseball as the Official Development Partner of NPF in the category of women's fastpitch softball, NPF playoffs (both best of three series went three games) and the inaugural NPF Championship with the New York/New Jersey Juggernaut capturing the Championship Cowles Cup with a victory over the New England Riptide, fourth place finisher in the regular season.
Be sure to follow USF softball on social media (Twitter / Facebook / Instagram) and visit GoUSFBulls.com for the most up-to-date information. The USF softball program has been one of the most successful on campus, making 12 NCAA tournament appearances, including a trip to the Women's College World Series in 2012. USF returns 14 players from the 2016 squad that advanced to the NCAA Tournament, including, first-team all-conference selection Lauren Evans, and second-team selections Astin Donovan and Kristen Wyckoff.
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