AKRON, OH – The Akron Racers kicked off the 2016 NPF Senior Draft by bolstering their pitching staff selecting left-handed pitcher Jailyn Ford from James Madison University. In her junior season, Ford broke the single-season school records for on-base percentage at .485 and strikeouts per seven innings with 9.83. This season Ford is on the top 50 USA Softball Player of the Year Watch List and has already broke the school career record with 43 home runs. Ford is a two-time All-American and a four-time All-CAA selection. In her freshman season, Ford was named all-conference at both pitcher and first base, posting a 1.61 ERA and a .373 batting average.
The Racers immediately followed by adding versatile infielder Sami Fagan with the fourth overall pick. Fagan has led Missouri for the past three seasons after playing one year at Florida. Fagan is batting .442 this year, with 46 hits and 10 home runs to lead the Tigers. Her .442 average, 10 home runs and 20 stolen bases makes her the only player to rank in the top 10 in the nation at all three statistics. After breaking the single-season school record with 66 RBI for the Tigers as a junior, Fagan currently sits fourth in school history with 176 career RBI. She is currently third in her career with a .375 batting average, 246 hits and 184 runs.
In the second round, Akron continued to bolster their infield by adding a two-time All-American in infielder Alex Hugo from Georgia. In her junior season, Hugo led the SEC with 22 home runs, while batting at a .389 clip, scoring 63 runs and driving in 73 RBI. Hugo has twice led the SEC in home runs, hitting 25 long balls in her junior season.
The Racers kicked off the fourth round with the 20th overall selection taking, the versatile Geri Ann Glasco, a utility player, from Oregon. Glasco batted .336 as a junior and made a 19 appearances in the circle compiling a 4.19 ERA. With the 23rd overall selection, Akron followed by selecting first baseman Sandra Simmons from Louisiana State University. Simmons was an All-SEC defensive selection as a junior while batting .331 on the season.
Akron made back-to-back selections in the fifth round, first choosing catcher Hannah Day from the Troy Trojans. Day led the Trojans in hits (57), doubles (13), triples (3), RBI (43) and batting average (.329) as a junior in her first season at Troy. Following Day, the Racers tabbed utility player Emily Messer from South Alabama. Messer was a Sun Belt All-Conference Tournament selection as a sophomore in 2014. This season Messer is batting .321 with 47 runs scored and 22 RBI in 53 games. Messer has stolen 12 bases in 15 attempts in 2016.
With their final pick in the 2016 NPF Draft the Racers selected Hannah Perryman from the University of Missouri at St. Louis. Perryman, who is coached by Akron Racer field manager Brian Levin, is the school career leader with 760 strikeouts. She entered her senior season tied for second in school history with 53 wins and 20 shutouts.
The full draft result is listed below:
2016 NPF College Draft
1. Pennsylvania Rebellion - Lexie Elkins, C, Louisiana-Lafayette
2. USSSA Pride - Sierra Romero, INF, Michigan
3. Akron Racers - Jailyn Ford, P, James Madison
4. Akron Racers - Sami Fagan, INF, Missouri
5. USSSA Pride - Kelsey Nunley, P, Kentucky
6. Scrap Yard Dawgs - Kiki Stokes, OF, Nebraska
7. Scrap Yard Dawgs - Emily Crane, OF, Missouri
8. Pennsylvania Rebellion - Allexis Bennett, OF, UCLA
9. Dallas Charge - Caitlin Attfield, INF, Alabama-Birmingham
10. Akron Racers - Alex Hugo, INF, Georgia
11. Chicago Bandits - Shelby Turnier, P, Central Florida
12. USSSA Pride - Kelsey Stewart, INF, Florida
13. USSSA Pride - Haylie McCleney, OF, Alabama
14. Pennsylvania Rebellion - Chelsea Wilkinson, P, Georgia
15. Dallas Charge - Taylor Gadbois, OF, Missouri
16. Pennsylvania Rebellion - Chaley Brickey, INF, Kansas
17. Chicago Bandits - Kellsi Kloss, C, LSU
18. USSSA Pride - Erica Field, C/UT, James Madison
19. Scrap Yard Dawgs - Lexi Overstreet, C/INF, Tennessee
20. Akron Racers - Geri Ann Glasco, UT, Oregon
21. Pennsylvania Rebellion - Lindsey Stephens, OF, Texas
22. Chicago Bandits - Emily Carosone, INF, Auburn
23. Akron Racers - Sandra Simmons, 1B, LSU
24. Chicago Bandits - Kristen Brown, INF, North Carolina
25. USSSA Pride - Kirsti Merritt, OF, Florida
26. Scrap Yard Dawgs - Christian Stokes, INF, Kentucky
27. Scrap Yard Dawgs - Sara Driesenga, P, Michigan
28. Pennsylvania Rebellion - Brittany Gomez, UT, Iowa State
29. Dallas Charge - Cheridan Hawkins, P, Oregon
30. Akron Racers - Hannah Day, C, Troy
31. Akron Racers - Emily Messer, UT, South Alabama
32. USSSA Pride - Heather Stearns, P, Baylor
33. Scrap Yard Dawgs - Lee Ann Spivey, C/OF, South Florida
34. Scrap Yard Dawgs - Taylore Fuller, UT, Florida
35. Pennsylvania Rebellion - Kayla Winkfield, INF, Mississippi State
36. Pennsylvania Rebellion - Bianca Bell, INF, LSU
37. Akron Racers - Hannah Perryman, P, Missouri-St. Louis
38. Dallas Charge - Alyssa Gillespie, OF, Oregon
39. USSSA Pride - Aubree Munro, C, Florida
40. Scrap Yard Dawgs - Mikela Manewa, UT, Oregon State