A statistical look at the 2017 Akron Racers draftees throughout their senior seasons. Focusing on the week of May 8-14.
Sara Groenewegen, P, Minnesota
Last Game: Pitching: W, 7.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 12 K
Batting: 0-4, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 SB in Minnesota’s 6-0 victory over Ohio State to win the Big Ten Tournament on 5/13.
This Week: Pitching: 3 Appearances, 3-0, 16.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 24 K
Batting: 0-8, 2 R, 0 RBI, 0 2B, 0 3B, 0 HR
This Season: Pitching: 30-2, 190.0 IP, 97 H, 28 BB, 280 K, 0.59 ERA
Batting: .245 batting average, 21 R, 27 RBI, 6 2B, 0 3B, 2 HR
Recap: Groenewegen picked up the victory in each of the Golden Gophers’ three games on their way to the Big Ten Tournament Championship. Groenewegen tossed two complete games in her starts, including a no-hitter against Northwestern. She struck out 24, becoming the Minnesota record holder for career strikeouts, and drew four walks at the plate during the tournament. Minnesota will be playing in the Tuscaloosa Regional against Louisiana Tech, Albany and 16th seeded Alabama.
Megan Betsa, P, Michigan
Last Game: L, 7.0 IP, 8 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 4 BB, 6 K in Michigan’s 5-4 loss to Michigan State on 5/12
This Week: 1 Appearance, 0-1, 7.0 IP, 8 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 4 BB, 6 K
This Season: 23-8, 214.0 IP, 109 H, 85 BB, 376 K, 1.31 ERA
Recap: After receiving a first-round bye in the Big Ten Tournament, Michigan was upset by in-state rival, Michigan State. Betsa pitched a complete game, allowing five runs on eight hits and striking out six hitters for the Wolverines. Michigan will travel to Washington and play in the Seattle Regional against Fresno State, Montana and sixth seeded Washington.
Chloe Miller, C, Wisconsin
Last Game: 1-2, 1 R, 0 RBI in Wisconsin’s 3-2 loss to Ohio State on 5/12
This Week: 2 games, 1-2, 2 R, 0 R, 0 RBI, 4 BB
This Season: .424 batting average, 49 R, 43 RBI, 16 2B, 3 3B, 9 HR
Recap: Miller scored in both of Wisconsin’s Big Ten Tournament games and scored two of the Badgers’ five runs for the tournament. Wisconsin will play Missouri, host Oregon and Illinois-Chicago in the Eugene Regional this weekend.
Megan Geer, OF, Tennessee
Last Game: 0-3, 0 R, 0 RBI in Tennessee’s 6-2 defeat against LSU in the Quarterfinals of the SEC Tournament on 5/11.
Last Week: 1 game, 0-3, 0 R, 0 RBI, 0 2B, 0 3B, 0 HR
This Season: .311 batting average, 44 R, 34 RBI, 5 2B, 0 3B, 6 HR
Recap: The third-seeded Volunteers had their tournament run interrupted by sixth-seeded LSU in their first game of the SEC Tournament. Tennessee was seeded eighth in the NCAA Tournament and hosts the Knoxville Regional this weekend against Longwood, Ohio State and South Carolina Upstate.
Sydni Emanuel, OF, Georgia
Last Game: No games played this week
Last Week: No games played this week
This Season: .437 batting average, 38 R, 33 RBI, 2 2B, 1 3B, 0 HR
Recap: Despite not qualifying for the SEC Tournament, Georgia made the NCAA Tournament where they will face fourth seeded Florida State, Jacksonville State and Princeton in the Tallahassee Regional.
Nicole Schroeder, UT, Arkansas
Last Game: 1-4, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 HR in Arkansas’ 4-1 loss to Alabama in the First Round of the SEC Tournament on 5/10.
Last Week: 1 game, 1-4, 1 R, 1 RBI, 0 2B, 0 3B, 1 HR
This Season: .333 batting average, 30 R, 48 RBI, 11 2B, 1 3B, 16 HR
Recap: Schroeder accounted for the Razorbacks’ only run in the game with a fourth inning home run. Schroeder broke the Arkansas’ single season home run record with her 16th blast of the season. Arkansas next will play in the Norman Regional against 10th seeded Oklahoma, Tulsa and North Dakota State.
Maddy Grimm, INF, Kent State
Last Game: 1-2, 0 R, 0 RBI, 1 2B in Kent State’s 3-0 win over Ohio to win the MAC Tournament on 5/13.
Last Week: 6 games, 9-18, 4 R, 2 RBI, 3 2B, 0 3B, 1 HR
This Season: .340 batting average, 50 R, 55 RBI, 12 2B, 1 3B, 19 HR
Recap: Grimm was critical in Kent State’s run to the MAC Championship, including scoring the winning run in the top of the eighth inning in the Golden Flashes’ 1-0 victory over Ohio in the first game of the finals. Kent State now advances to the Waco Regional where they will meet 15th seeded Baylor, Oregon State and James Madison.
Alexis Silkwood, P, Mississippi State
Last Game: ND, 4.1 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 K in Mississippi State’s 2-1 loss to Ole Miss in the First Round of the SEC Tournament on 5/10.
Last Week: 1 Appearance, 4.1 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 K
This Season: 15-6, 154.1 IP, 135 H, 45 BB, 105 K, 1.86 ERA
Recap: Silkwood came on in relief for the Bulldogs and finished the game, holding the Rebels at bay, but Mississippi State still dropped its first game of the SEC Tournament. Silkwood and the Bulldogs advance to the Salt Lake City Regional where they will take on 11th seeded Utah, BYU and Fordham.
About the Akron Racers: The Akron Racers, headquartered in Akron, OH, are the oldest existing team in the National Pro Fastpitch (NPF) league, celebrating their 15th Season of Play in 2016. 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.
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 NPF affiliate teams consist of the Akron Racers, Beijing Shougang Eagles, Chicago Bandits, Scrap Yard Dawgs, Texas Charge and USSSA Florida Pride for the 2017 season. National Pro Fastpitch players hail from the United States, Australia, Canada and China, among which are the most accomplished and talented athletes in the sport of women’s softball.