Kissimmee, FL– June 8, 2016- The USSSA Florida Pride is pleased to announce the signing of free agent, Nikki Sagermann to a two-year contract. This summer, the former Kentucky Wildcat will be joining fellow rookie and former teammate, Kelsey Nunley, for a chance to win the prestigious Cowles Cup. Nikki and Kelsey make up the first duo of former Wildcats to don a Pride uniform in the same season.
“I am honored to be considered a part of the USSSA Pride. I cannot wait to learn from and play with role models I watched growing up and to be a part of an amazing program.”
Nikki left the Kentucky softball program following a historic era for UK softball that coincided with her four years as a Wildcat. Nikki was an integral part of that success and not only hopes to bring her competitive nature to the field but her passion for the game that she loves.
The Georgia native finished her NCAA career among the school’s career leaders in career slugging percentage (.523) and finished with 121 career RBIs, 29 career doubles and 34 career home runs that place her in the top 10 on UK’s career home runs list.
Apart from her offensive dominance, Nikki’s career accolades include NFCA All-Southeast Region Third Team (2014), All-SEC Second Team (2014), SEC All-Tournament Team (2014) and two-time SEC Academic Honor Roll recipient (2013 & 2014).
“I think Nikki will be a great addition to the Pride staff and USSSA organization. She will have the chance to learn from some of the best players in the game and bring her skill set to give us a competitive edge this summer,” commented General Manager Don DeDonatis.
Catch Nikki and the Pride in their 2016 season debut this Friday, June 10th, as they take on the Scrap Yard Dawgs for the first time franchise history. First pitch is set for 8:30 PM (EST). Follow live game updates all season long on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram!
About USSSA Florida Pride: The USSSA Florida Pride is a professional franchise in the National Pro Fastpitch League that is owned and operated by USSSA. The amateur organization of USSSA has multi-sport coverage and encompasses teams and players from the United States and abroad.
About USSSA: USSSA is headquartered in Osceola County, Florida. USSSA is the World’s Largest Multi-sport Athletic Organization. Founded in 1968, USSSA has grown to over 3.7 million participants, competing in 13 nationally sanctioned sports including Baseball, Fastpitch, Slow Pitch, Karate, Basketball, Soccer and more! For more information on USSSA and to register your team visit USSSA.com. Also be sure to visit USSSAToday.com for the latest USSSA.
About National Pro Fastpitch (NPF): National Pro Fastpitch (NPF), an Official Development Partner of Major League Baseball since 2002, provides elite female athletes with an opportunity to pursue a professional career in diamond sports beyond their collegiate success. The 2016 NPF season will be televised on CBS Sports Network. Coverage includes the NPF College Draft presented by Bownet on Thur., April 14, followed by 23 regular-season games, a Championship Series Preview Special and the 2016 NPF Championship Series. The NPF recently announced that the Scrap Yard Dawgs, located in The Woodlands, Texas, will join the Akron Racers, Chicago Bandits, Dallas Charge, Pennsylvania Rebellion and USSSA Florida Pride for the 2016 season. National Pro Fastpitch players hail from the U.S., Australia, Canada, Japan, the Netherlands and New Zealand, representing the most accomplished and talented athletes in the sport of women’s softball.