The Akron Racers selected six players in the March 7, NPF College Draft. Debuting from the Akron Racers this season, only at www.akronracers.org, is a special feature called “Draftee Update” where we will check in on our six draftees and see how their college seasons are progressing. The first edition of takes us about three weeks into the NCAA season. Let’s take a look . . .
Draft Pick #3, Lexy Bennett, #51, Shortstop, University of Texas
was the first pick (3rd
overall) in the National Pro Fastpicth (NPF) draft last Wednesday for the Racers. On the season, Bennett has posted a batting average of .528 and has 5 home runs and 32 RBIs, which are all team-leading statistics for the Longhorns (19-1). She is also second on the team with 21 runs scored. Bennett has a perfect fielding percentage so far this season. In her last two games against Texas Tech she went 3-for-5 with an RBI and one run scored. In the series before that, against Sam Houston State, she went 5-for-8 with seven RBIs and five runs scored. She hit her fifth home run in this series which was a two-run bomb to left center.
Draft Pick #7, Hillary Bach, #10, Pitcher, Arizona State University
was the second pick for the Racers (7th
overall) in last weeks NPF college Draft. Bach and the Sun Devils (25-2) are off to a great start this season, with Bach posting an 11-0 record and an ERA of 0.71 as of today. She has started nine games but has appeared in 12 total. Bach leads the team in strikeouts with 43 and has only let up 12 walks. Also, she is leading the team with only seven runs let up with six of them earned. This past weekend she pitched against Valparaiso and New Mexico State, earning wins in both games. Bach pitched 10 innings total, starting one of the games and the other being a relief appearance. She started against Valparaiso and came up one out short of a complete game. Bach had seven strikeouts while allowing two runs (all earned) on five hits. In her relief appearance against New Mexico State she pitched 3.1 innings with two runs on two hits with two strikeouts.
Draft Pick # 11, Amanda Chidester, #3, third baseman, University of Michigan
was the 11th overall pick in the draft and was the 3rd
for the Racers. Chidester and the Wolverines have posted a 16-7 record as of today and have not played any Big Ten games yet. Chidester is second on the team in batting average (.306), runs (21) and at-bats (72). Although she does lead the team in hits (22), doubles (7), RBIs (19), and total bases (43). She also has the lone triple for Michigan. This past weekend the Wolverines did not have the series they would have liked, posting a 1-2 record, losing to No. 16 Louisville and Illinois State. They beat Saint Louis by a score of 6-3. In that game Chidester went 4-for-4 with two RBIs and two runs with 10 put outs in the field. She had a RBI, double and a single, with the first triple of the year coming in the fifth inning. In the losses, Chidester did go 0-for-6 but had 17 put outs between the games. Chidester and the Wolverines will be in Fullerton, CA this weekend to be in the Judi Garman Classic. Michigan will face Notre Dame, Oklahoma, DePaul, Virginia and other Racers draft pick Hillary Bach and the Arizona State Sun Devils.
Draft Pick #14, Alicia Herron, #24, Shortstop, Ohio State University
is the 14th overall pick in the draft and was 2nd in the fourth round. The Buckeyes are just two weeks away from starting Big Ten play and have a record of 11-8. Herron leads the team with a batting average of .420 and also leads in hits (21), triples (4), home runs (6), RBIs (21) and total bases with 50. Herron and the Buckeyes will be in Nashville, TN for the Tennessee State Tourney to face Belmont, Mercer, St. Bonaventure, and host team Tennessee State.
Draft Pick # 15, Jen Mineau, #13, Pitcher, Fordham University
was the 15th pick overall and was right after Herron at third in the fourth round for the Racers. She is one of the top Fordham (7-12) pitchers for the university. In 61.1 innings, Mineau has posted a record of 3-6, appearing in 12 games and starting 10 of them. She has all seven of the Rams complete games and has an ERA of 3.31, which leads the team, while striking out 78 batters. This past weekend, Fordham played five games and went 3-2. On March 9, Mineau threw her first shutout of the season against Green Bay in a 3-0 win. On Saturday, Mineau had another complete game against Rutgers, beating them 6-1. She struck out 14, walked only two and let up one run on three hits. On March 11, Mineau threw her second complete-game shutout of the season against Western Michigan in a 6-0 win. Mineau had 11 strikeouts on four hits and walked one batter.
Draft Pick # 19, Jamia Reid, # 3, Outfielder, California University
was the final pick for the Racers in last week’s National Pro Fastpitch College Draft. She was 19th overall and was the third pick in the fifth round. She is currently an outfielder for the California Golden Bears and their record as of today is 21-0. In the Golden Bears weekend double headers, Reid went 7-for-16 with two RBIs and six runs scored. Reid and the Golden Bears head to Honolulu for the Hawaii Spring Fling starting March 14 threw March 17. They will take on Texas A&M, Texas, Marist, Winthrop and host team Hawaii.