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AKRON, OH – The Akron Racers announced today that they have signed third-year pitcher Emily Weiman to a contract for 2017.  Weiman comes to Akron, after spending the past two seasons with the Pennsylvania Rebellion. The Rebellion selected her with the 22nd overall pick in the 2015 NPF Draft.

“When you look at the numbers, Emily has proven she can pitch in this very tough league,” noted Joey Arrietta, the Racers GM. “Getting the ball in the hands of our defense is the 2017 Racers’ recipe for success.”

After two strong seasons in Pennsylvania, Weiman provides a boost to the Racers pitching staff with a reputation of keeping runners off the base paths and the ball inside the park.  The North Carolina State University product boasts a 2.94 ERA, a 1.31 WHIP and only 1 HR per 8.58 innings pitched in two seasons in the NPF.

Last season, Weiman was second on the Rebellion staff with 23 appearances and third on the team with 71 innings pitched, a 1.43 WHIP, 46 strikeouts and a 3.15 ERA.  Her 3.15 ERA ranked 14th in the league. She finished tied for second with 13 finished games, making 14 of her 23 appearances out of the bullpen.

Weiman finished last season strong, over her final six appearances, she never allowed more than one run, throwing 14.2 innings and allowing just three earned runs.

As a rookie in 2015, Weiman led Pennsylvania with a 1.16 WHIP, while finishing second on the team with 17 appearances and 52 strikeouts.  Weiman also finished third on the team with six starts, a 2.67 ERA and 57.2 innings pitched.  Weiman finished tied for second in the NPF with three saves and eight complete games.

While a member of the North Carolina State University Wolfpack, Weiman was a three-time All-ACC First-Team selection as a pitcher.  As a sophomore, Weiman was named the ACC Pitcher of the Year and the ACC Championship MVP in leading the Wolfpack to the conference title in 2013. She left North Carolina State as the program’s career record holder in wins (108), appearances (195), games started (167), complete games (128) and innings pitched (1084.2).


Photo Courtesy of Pennsylvania Rebellion

About the Akron Racers: The Akron Racers, headquartered in Akron, OH, is the oldest existing team in the National Pro Fastpitch (NPF) league. The Racers will celebrate their 16th season of play in 2017.  The Akron 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. 

About National Pro Fastpitch (NPF)

National Pro Fastpitch (NPF), an Official Development Partner of Major League Baseball since 2002, provides elite female athletes with an opportunity to pursue a professional career in diamond sports beyond their collegiate success. The 2016 NPF season will be televised on CBS Sports Network. Coverage includes the NPF College Draft presented by Bownet on Thurs., April 14, followed by 23 regular-season games, a Championship Series Preview Special and the 2016 NPF Championship series. The NPF recently announced that the Scrap Yard Dawgs, located in The Woodlands, Texas, will join the Akron Racers, Chicago Bandits, Dallas Charge, Pennsylvania Rebellion and USSSA Florida Pride for the 2016 season.National Pro Fastpitch players hail from the U.S., Australia, Canada, Japan, the Netherlands and New Zealand, representing the most accomplished and talented athletes in the sport of women’s softball.

Note to Media

Photos and b-roll of players is available. Interviews with the league commissioner are welcomed, and top players from each team are accessible immediately. If you’re interested in pursuing story angles about professional softball for women, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

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