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Sunday October 21, 2012Gator Softball Hosts NPF All-Stars on NPF Back to School Tour Monday, 7 p.m.

Gainesville, Fla.

After kicking off the 2012 fall softball campaign with a 5-0 start, the Orange and Blue will face a test Monday when the National Pro Fastpitch All-Stars visit Gainesville for a 7 p.m. showdown at Katie Seashole Pressly Stadium as a stop on the NPF’s 2012 Back to School Tour.

 

Gates will open at 5 p.m. for Monday’s game, while Gator fans unable to attend can watch live on GatorVision, with audio from Florida softball play-by-play announcer Adam Schick and former Gator two-time All-American Michelle Moultrie.

 

For the third-consecutive year, Florida will take on Team NPF as part of its fall softball schedule. The Gators hosted the NPF All-Stars in the fall of 2010, while competing in a doubleheader in Daytona, Fla., last year with Daytona State College, followed by Team NPF. In both meetings, Team NPF took victories over the Orange and Blue with a 4-0 win in 2010, followed by a 6-4 victory last season.

 

The NPF All-Star squad is composed of professional softball athletes from each of the four National Pro Fastpitch organizations. A total of four former Gators will be making their return to the diamond at Pressly Stadium Monday for Team NPF, including 2006 SEC Player of the Year Kristen Butler (Chicago Bandits) and Florida All-Americans Kelsey Bruder (USSSA Pride), Megan Bush (Akron Racers) and Francesca Enea (USSSA Pride).

 

In addition to the Gator quartet returning to Gainesville, All-American second baseman Aja Paculba (Akron Racers) has also played within the NPF organization for two years with the NPF Diamonds and now the Akron Racers.

 

Another familiar Gator, UF head coach Tim Walton, is no stranger to success in the NPF, as Walton served as head coach of the USSSA Florida Pride (Orlando) in both 2010 and 2011. Walton led the Pride to the 2010 NPF Championship title in 2010. The championship victory and NPF trophy was the first ever in Florida Pride history. Walton’s 2011 Pride squad won the 2011 regular-season title en route to the runner-up spot at the NPF Championship, while the coaching staff earned 2011 Coaching Staff of the Year honors

 

TEAM NPF vs. FLORIDA

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Name

Position

NPF Team

College

Hometown

Experience

4

Kelsey Bruder

OF

USSSA Pride

Florida

Corona, CA

2 Years

12

Megan Bush

IF

Akron Racers

Florida

Gainesville, FL

2 Years

10

Kristen Butler

C

Chicago Bandits

Florida

Orlando, FL

5 Years

11

Ashley Charters

2B

USSSA Pride

Washington

Beaverton, OR

2 Years

3

GiOnna DiSalvatore

1B

Carolina Diamonds

UCLA

Dunedin, FL

2 Years

28

Andrea Duran

3B

USSSA Pride

UCLA

Selma, CA

4 Years

10

Francesca Enea

OF

USSSA Pride

Florida

Woodland Hills, CA

3 Years

22

Jamee Juarez

P

USSSA Pride

Ohio State

Downey, CA

6 Years

12

Kelly Kretschman

OF

USSSA Pride

Alabama

Indian Harbour Beach, FL

7 years

34

Charlotte Morgan

1B

USSSA Pride

Alabama

Riverside, CA

3 Years

8

Angeline Quiocho

OF

Carolina Diamonds

BYU

Wood Cross, UT

3 Years

7

Jenn Salling

IF

USSSA Pride

Washington

Burnaby, B.C., Canada

2 Years

1

Kristina Thorson

P

Akron Racers

California

Pleasant Hill, CA

5 Years

3

Nikia Williams

OF

USSSA Pride

Washington

Mission Viego, CA

Rookie

 

TEAM NPF STAFF

Jim Beitia, head coach

Ken Kretschman, assistant coach

Sonya Montoya, athletic trainer

 

 

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