Softball Bears to Take on National Pro Fastpitch All-Stars Tonight

Oct. 3, 2011

The Missouri State softball team will face its toughest test when they play the National Pro Fastpitch (NPF) All-Stars in an exhibition game tonight at Killian Softball Stadium at 7:00 p.m. as part of the 2011 NPF Back to School Tour. Admission to the game will be $5.00 and both teams will participate in a post-game autograph session.

Missouri State returns 13 letterwinners and three All-MVC selections (Caitlin Chapin, Kirstin Cutter and Natalie Rose) from the 2011 team that went 30-25, captured the school's sixth MVC Softball Championship and posted the program's first NCAA Tournament victory in 13 years in May.

A list of the NPF All-Stars that will play at Killian tonight include:

  • Jenn Salling (Washington)
  • Taryne Mowatt (Arizona)
  • Roya St. Clair (Michigan)
  • Jamee Juarez (Ohio State)
  • Andrea Duran (UCLA/Olympian)
  • Caitlin Lowe (Arizona/Olympian)
  • Caitlin Lever (Georgia Tech/Canadian Olympian)
  • Bianca Mejia (Long Island University)
  • Melissa Roth (Louisville)
  • Ashley Charters (Washington)
  • Jessica Bachkora (Arkansas)
  • Angeline Quiocho (BYU)

The team consists of two Olympic gold medal winners in Andrea Duran and Caitlin Lowe. The team also consists of four national title winners in Caitlin Lowe and Taryne Mowatt who won NCAA titles at Arizona in 2006 and 2007, and Ashley Charters and Jenn Salling at Washington in 2009.

NPF, formerly the Women's Pro Softball League, is comprised of four team with additional teams expected in 2012. NPF is intended to provide family entertainment for people of all ages and to showcase the top talent in fastpitch softball today. It is the goal of the League to entertain and provide positive role models for young people. NPF demonstrates work ethic, dedication, and love for the sport of fastpitch softball. NPF athletes exhibit this through their actions, both on-and-off the field. They are prominent people within their communities and appreciate and embrace the fans that follow their play through NPF action.

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