Softball Factory alumni Nicole DeWitt and Randi Rupp have taken the next step in their softball careers and have joined the National Pro Fastpitch League. Looking back at their collegiate careers it is easy to see why they were given the opportunity to play at the professional level.
DeWitt, who spent her collegiate career with the University of Florida, is now playing in both the infield and outfield for the USSSA Pride, after being selected by the league’s top team in the third round. The former Gator had a scorching hot bat her senior year, batting .326 and tallying 57 runs, 59 hits, 15 double, a triple, 57 RBI and a team-best 14 home runs.
The Garden Grove, Calif. native left her name all over the program’s record books. She is ranked third all-time in on base percentage (.474), fifth in runs scored (196), sixth in doubles (45), eighth in RBI (167), ninth in hits (223) and 10th in batting average (.328).
In her first season playing for the Pride, the 2015 WBSC Junior Women’s World Championship gold medalist has scored eight runs and has 12 hits, three doubles, a home run and eight RBI to her name. DeWitt attended the 2011 Softball Factory Ryan Lemmon Softball Showcase.
Rupp was selected by the Cleveland Comets with the fourth pick in the 2018 NPF Draft out of Texas State University. The right-handed pitcher and 2018 USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year Top 25 Finalist had a senior year to remember, as she tossed 28 wins and 31 complete games – all while posting a 1.26 ERA and fanning 317 batters, the second-most in the NCAA. Her 110 career wins, 1,270 career strikeouts, 1057.1 career innings pitched, and 187 career appearances are all program bests.
The two-time Sun Belt Conference Pitcher of the Year is also second in the Bobcat record books in career shutouts (42) and career complete games (106), and third in lowest career ERA (1.69).
Now a Comet, Rupp currently registers a 4.13 ERA and has notched five complete games and 46 strikeouts. The four-time NFCA All-Central Region Honoree and Mont Belvieu, Texas native participated in an Under Armour Softball Factory National Tryout in Pearland, Texas in October of 2011.