Sandberg Named NPF Rookie of the Year
Kristyn Sandberg of the USSSA Pride

Aug. 23, 2012

ATHENS, Ga. - Former Georgia softball All-American Kristyn Sandberg was named the National Pro Fastpitch Rookie of the Year. Sandberg was the fifth pick of the 2012 NPF draft by the USSSA Pride. It marks the second year in a row that a former Bulldog received the honor, as Alisa Goler of the Chicago Bandits earned the title in 2011.

"Being named Rookie of the Year is a great honor," Sandberg said. "This is a tough league with a lot of very talented players. From the time I got to Orlando and met with the team, I just wanted to contribute in any way that I could. I was fortunate to have great coaches in college and great teammates in the league to learn from. When you receive an honor like this, it makes you realize that all of the hard work and dedication that you have put it has paid off."

Sandberg has seen action in 36 games, making 93 plate appearances for the Pride. She is currently ranked sixth in the NPF with a .355 batting average that includes 33 hits, four doubles and seven home runs. She has also scored 23 runs and driven in 33. Sandberg has also drawn 10 walks and had been hit by a pitch a league-high 18 times.

With her help, the Pride owns a 31-12 record this seasons and is currently on an eight-game win streak and is 9-1 in its last 10 games. 

The Pride is currently preparing for the 2012 NPF Championship Series at Rosemont Stadium in Rosemont, Ill. Sandberg and the top-seeded Pride will take on the Akron Racers in a best of three series beginning August 24. The winner will face either the Chicago Bandits or the Carolina Diamonds the championship series, which begins August 25 at 7 p.m. The final game of the championship will be televised on ESPN2/ESPN3 at 2:30 p.m., on Sunday, August 26.

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