Aug. 20, 2007
FAIRFAX, VA. - Former Maryland standout Amber Jackson has been named Player of the Year for the National Pro Fastpitch (NPF) league. Jackson, a shortstop for the Washington Glory, led the league in several offensive categories, including home runs (15); RBIs (38) and slugging percentage (.814). She also second in the league with a batting average of .372.
The Glory had five players named to the All-NPF team, and wrapped up its first regular season title with a sweep of the Rockford Thunder on August 8th. The four-team NPF playoffs begin August 24th in Kimberly, Wis., and the top-seeded Glory will take on the fourth place Thunder in the first round.
In her lone season at Maryland after transferring from Bethune-Cookman College, Jackson compiled an impressive list of accolades after a standout 2007 season. She led the NCAA in home runs, blasting 24 homers in 58 contests, an average of 0.41 per game.
The Fontana, Calif., native's list of postseason awards included multiple All-America and conference honors. In May, Jackson was named an Easton First-Team All-American and a Second-Team All-American by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association.
In four seasons at the Division I level, she was an All-America selection every year. Jackson finished her career as the 12th player in NCAA history to record 300 hits, 200 runs, and 100 stolen bases.
Jackson led the Terrapins in 11 offensive categories, and her 2007 campaign set new Maryland single-season records with 24 home runs, 56 RBIs, and 55 walks. Her .408 batting average shattered the previous season high of .359 which teammate Jenny Belak set in 2006. Her home run total tied the ACC single season record which Georgia Tech's Whitney Haller set last season.
She also ranked third in both walks per game (.95) and slugging percentage (.949), 10th in country with .67 stolen bases per game, and 11th in runs per game with 1.04.The shortstop led the ACC in six offensive categories, and was named to the All-ACC first team for her accomplishments.