NEWARK, Del. -- Former University of Delaware softball standout and current Blue Hen assistant coach Lara Andrews has signed a professional contract with the Pennsylvania Rebellion, the newest team in the National Pro Fastpitch League (NPF), the team announced earlier this week.

Andrews, a 2013 Delaware graduate, becomes the first Blue Hen player to sign a contract with a team in the NPF.

Andrews, a native of Wellington, New Zealand, earned her degree in human services from Delaware last May after playing three years on the softball team. She started all 169 games during her Blue Hen career, playing her first two years in centerfield before moving to third base as a senior.

A three-year team captain, Andrews earned UD Alumni Association Team MVP honors during her sophomore and senior years, and was named to the CAA All-Tournament Team in both seasons as well. Additionally, Andrews was selected the 2013 UD Team Defensive MVP and was named to the CAA Academic Honor Roll during all three seasons at Delaware.

Andrews led the Blue Hens with 27 walks and was second with a .298 batting average during her first year in Newark in 2011, while she paced the squad with 21 RBI as a junior. Last spring she batted .313 for Delaware, tying for the team lead with 28 RBI and four home runs while ranking second with 57 hits, 29 runs scored and 11 doubles.

Andrews, who helped lead the Blue Hens to the CAA Tournament during each of her three seasons, ranks fifth in UD history with nine home runs, ninth with 25 doubles, 10th with 68 RBI, and 15th with 133 hits.

“It’s a giant step for someone coming from such a small place like New Zealand to sign with a professional team; I’m making history,” Andrews said in a statement on the team’s website. “It’s an awesome feeling to be playing softball in this league with the best players in the world.”  

The Rebellion will play home games during its inaugural season at CONSOL Energy Park in Washington, Pa., including the home opener on June 5.