Draftee Update Week 8
Written By: Justin Marquardt
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. Let’s take a look . . .
Akron Racers Draft Pick #3, Lexy Bennett, #51, Shortstop, University of Texas
Lexy Bennett and the No. 8 Texas Longhorns (39-8, 13-6 Big 12) played Texas A&M this past weekend. Thursday was an away game for the Longhorns as they dropped the opener 9-0. Bennett batted 1-for-2 with a single and a walk. In game two, the Longhorns fought back from a 6-1 deficit as Torie Schmidt hit a two-run double in the seventh for a 7-6 win. Bennett batted 1-for-3 with a single and a walk. The final game was another close game as the Longhorns won 4-3, however, Bennett hit 0-for-2 with a walk. Bennett batted an overall 2-for-7 during the weekend.
Akron Racers Draft Pick #7, Hillary Bach, #10, Pitcher, Arizona State University
Hillary Bach and the No. 2 Arizona State Sun Devils (42-5, 14-2 Pac-12) were in Seattle, Wash. to play the No. 13 Washington Huskies over the weekend. The Sun Devils swept the three game series. Game one was an easy 18-1 win, in five innings. Bach had game one and three off during the weekend. Game two was a 6-3 win. Bach struggled going only 3.1 innings, letting up three runs on five hits while walking one and striking out one. Bach earned a no decision after the short outing. She is still undefeated on the season at 19-0. Next weekend is the last home series of the season for the Sun Devils as the host Utah.
Akron Racers Draft Pick # 11, Amanda Chidester, #3, third baseman, University of Michigan
Amanda Chidester and the No. 22 Michigan Wolverines (33-15, 13-5 Big Ten) were at home to face Illinois this past weekend and struggled as they lost the series 2-1. Game one was a 5-1 loss in eight innings. Chidester batted 1-for-4 with a single and was intentionally walked. The second game was a close 2-1 win as Chidester batted 1-for-3 with a single. The final game of the weekend ended as a 2-0 loss for Michigan as Chidester hit 1-for-3 with a single and reached on a fielder’s choice. Chidester’s weekend ended with a .300 batting average. The Wolverines play Eastern Michigan at home and Wisconsin away next week.
Akron Racers Draft Pick #14, Alicia Herron, #24, Shortstop, Ohio State University
Alicia Herron and the Ohio State Buckeyes (28-20, 7-10 Big Ten) did not have a good weekend on the road against the Northwestern Wildcats as they dropped 2-of-3. Game one was a good start to the weekend with a 6-2 win. Herron batted 0-for-1 with three walks and scored twice. The second game, a 3-1 loss, saw Herron bat 0-for-3. Game three came as another loss for the Buckeyes with a score of 8-5. Herron hit 1-for-3 with a solo home run in the first inning and scored twice while walking once. Herron crossed the plate for the 160th and 161st time in her career against the Wildcats and is just five runs shy off the program record held by Anna Smith (1999-02). The Buckeyes will have their final home series of the season next weekend as they play Iowa.
Akron Racers Draft Pick # 15, Jen Mineau, #13, Pitcher, Fordham University
Jen Mineau and the Fordham Rams (30-20, 13-2 Atlantic-10) started the week off with a quick game at home against Iona on Tuesday. The Rams struggled on both sides of the field taking a 6-2 loss. Jen Mineau was given the day off for this game. The weekend featured a two game series, away, against Dayton and the teams split the games. The first game, a 2-1 loss, with Mineau pitching six innings while letting up two runs on six hits and striking out 13 batters. The second game was an easy 11-0 win in five innings for the Rams. Mineau pitched all five innings letting only three batters reach as she struck out six. Mineau’s record is now at 24-11. She now has 343 strikeouts on the season The Rams play Rhode Island and Massachusetts next weekend.
Akron Racers Draft Pick # 19, Jamia Reid, # 3, Outfielder, University of California, Berkeley
Jamia Reid and the No. 1 California Golden Bears (45-3, 16-2 Pacfic-12) played No. 14 UCLA this past weekend and had no problem sweeping the three game series. Game one was a 3-0 win as Reid batted 0-for-3 with two strikeouts and scored once. Game two was an 8-0 win in six innings as Reid batted 2-for-4 with a run scored and struck out twice. The final game, a 10-3 win, saw Reid hit 2-for-5 with two runs scored and another strike out. Her final average for the weekend was .333. Next weekend the Golden Bears go on the road to play No. 23 Oregon State.