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AKRON, Ohio – Feb. 29, 2012 – Akron Racers’ General Manager Joey Arrietta added more depth and defensive talent to the Racers roster today by announcing the signing of University of Georgia standout Brianna Hesson today. 

Hesson comes to the Racers as a free agent after spending one season with the NPF Diamonds.

“There is no question, defensively that Hesson has been one of the best in the SEC,” said Arrietta. “If you look at the body of work while she was at Georgia, you cannot ignore that she was a difference maker for the Bulldogs in games. She rose to the occasion when Georgia needed a hit. Bringing her here and putting her in our environment, I know she’s going to thrive here.”

As an infielder for the University of Georgia, Hesson finished with a career .315 batting average, 127 runs scored, 181 RBIs and 38 home runs. For the NPF Diamonds last season, she batted .181 with 10 runs, two doubles, two home runs and six RBIs in 105 at-bats.

Hesson made a lot of noise at the right times at Georgia,” added Arrietta. “Her collegiate career cannot be ignored, particularly when you look at the strength of the SEC over the last four to six years. It’s been incredibly tough competition.”

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.

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