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OU softball: Three Sooners selected in NPF draft

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Oklahoma senior third baseman Sydney Romero was selected third overall in the National Pro Fastpitch draft Monday night, becoming the third Sooner drafted in the first round in the last two years. 

Two of her teammates were picked later in the draft. Senior second baseman Caleigh Clifton was the ninth overall pick of the Chicago Bandits. Senior infielder Shay Knighten was selected 20th overall by the USSSA Pride. 

Romero and Knighten will join several Sooners on the USSSA Pride roster: Shelby and Nicole Pendley, Keilani Ricketts, Paige Parker and Lauren Chamberlain. 

Sydney Romero's sister, Sierra Romero, is also on the team. 

Romero leads the Big 12 and ranks eighth nationally with a .462 batting average. She leads the Sooners with 15 home runs, 42 RBIs and a .924 slugging percentage. 

National Pro Fastpitch was founded in 2004. The league consists of six teams, with games scheduled from late May to mid August. 

 

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Oklahoma's Sydney Romero (2) singles in the bottom of the sixth inning during the second game of the Women's College World Series between the Oklahoma Sooners (OU) and Washington Huskies at USA Softball Hall of Fame Stadium in Oklahoma City, Thursday, May 31, 2018. Washington won 2-0. Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman

Oklahoma's Sydney Romero (2) singles in the bottom of the sixth inning during the second game of the Women's College World Series between the Oklahoma Sooners (OU) and Washington Huskies at USA Softball Hall of Fame Stadium in Oklahoma City, Thursday, May 31, 2018. Washington won 2-0. Photo by...

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Joe Mussatto

Joe Mussatto joined The Oklahoman in August 2018 to cover OU football, men’s basketball and softball. He previously covered University of Kentucky football and basketball for SEC Country. Mussatto is from Oklahoma City and lives in Norman. Read more ›

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