photo courtesy of University of Florida
Akron Racers ink University of Florida standout Aja Paculba
AKRON, Ohio – Feb. 21, 2012 – Akron Racers’ General Manager Joey Arrietta took a step forward in an effort to solidify the Akron Racers infield by announcing the signing of University of Florida standout second baseman Aja Paculba today.
Paculba comes to the Racers as a free agent after spending one season with the NPF Diamonds.
As the second baseman for the University of Florida, Paculba garnered several achievements including tying the UF softball record for longest hitting streak (16 games), career runs scored (188), on-base percentage (.459) and single-season records for runs (69), walks (49), and stolen bases (27).
She finished her college career with a .340 batting average, 253 runs scored, 279 hits and 35 home runs (16 in her senior season in 2011). Paculba’s on-base percentage and slugging percentage finished at .448 and .551 respectively.
“Paculba helps solidify our middle infield and is the offensive threat we’re looking for this season,” said Arrietta. “She didn’t get an opportunity to demonstrate her ability last season but when you look at her career at Florida, she definitely has the tools for the game at this level.”
Last season with the Diamonds, Paculba did not see much playing time after arriving late to the team due to the University of Florida’s run in the Women’s College World Series. In joining the Racers, Paculba will be reunited with UF teammate Megan Bush.
The Akron Racers open the 2012 season on Thursday, June 7, with a regular season opener against the newly formed Carolina Diamonds. Season tickets for the 2012 season are on sale now and can be ordered by calling 330-376-8188.
About the Akron Racers: The Akron Racers, headquartered in Akron, OH, are the oldest existing team in the National Pro Fastpitch (NPF) league. The Racers competed in the Women's Pro Softball League (WPSL) for two seasons in 1999 and 2000 and in the NPF since 2004. Historic Firestone Stadium is home to the Racers and numerous amateur events at all levels of play. The Racers kick-off their 11th season of play in 2012.
About National Pro Fastpitch: National Pro Fastpitch is headquartered in Nashville, TN. The league, created to give elite female fastpitch players the opportunity to pursue a professional career in their chosen sport, has operated since 1997 under the names of Women’s Pro Fastpitch (WPF) and Women’s Pro Softball League (WPSL). NPF is the Official Development Partner of Major League Baseball in the category of women’s fastpitch softball since 2002.