NASHVILLE, TN – April 2, 2015 – The 2015 NPF College Draft presented by Bownet took place at the CMA Theater inside the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum last night where 34 athletes from 10 different conferences were selected. Lauren Chamberlain from Oklahoma was the #1 pick for the USSSA Pride. Oklahoma teammate Shelby Pendley was selected #2 by the USSSA Pride making NPF history by becoming the first players to be selected back to back as the #1 and #2 pick in the NPF College Draft.
This marked the third year in a row that the Draft was held in Nashville, TN and the first time in history the Draft was televised live nationally. The Draft was co-hosted by Bernie Guenther and Barb Jordan and televised live on CBS Sports Network.
The leagues’ newest franchise, the Dallas Charge, selected Danielle Henderson from Cal-Berkley as their first player drafted in franchise history. Older sister Jolene Henderson also from Cal-Berkley holds the title of being the first player ever signed in franchise history.
The Dallas Charge also chose to exercise their option offered to them by the League to make a “Market Choice Selection” prior to the 2015 NPF College Draft. The Market Choice Selection option afforded Dallas the opportunity to choose a player that was either originally from the state of Texas or competed in collegiate softball for a Texas college or university. Renada Davis from NC State University was the Dallas Charge Market selection and was announced during the live national telecast of the Draft between the 3rd and 4th rounds.
National Pro Fastpitch is headquartered in Nashville, Tenn. The league, created to give elite female fastpitch players the opportunity to pursue a professional career in their chosen sport, has operated since 1997 under the names of Women’s Pro Fastpitch (WPF) and Women’s Pro Softball League (WPSL). NPF is the Official Development Partner of Major League Baseball in the category of women’s fastpitch softball since 2002.