A statistical look at the 2017 Akron Racers draftees throughout their senior seasons. Focusing on the week of May 15-21.
Sara Groenewegen, P, Minnesota
Last Game: Pitching: L, 7.0 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 7 K
Batting: 0-3, 0 R, 0 RBI in Minnesota’s 1-0 loss to Alabama in the Tuscaloosa Regional on 5/21.
This Week: Pitching: 4 appearances, 3 starts, 1-2 record, 21.2 IP, 10 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 27 K
Batting: 3-13, 1 R, 3 RBI, 1 2B, 0 3B, 0 HR
This Season: Pitching: 31-4 record, 211.2 IP, 107 H, 30 BB, 307 K, 0.63 ERA
Batting: .244 batting average, 22 R, 30 RBI, 7 2B, 0 3B, 2 HR
Recap: Groenewegen did not allow more than one run in any of her four appearances this weekend in the Tuscaloosa Regional. Minnesota defeated Louisiana Tech twice, but lost two tough 1-0 games against host Alabama, ultimately ending their NCAA Tournament run. Groenewegen pitched in each game, fanning 27 batters, and added a hit in three of the Gophers’ four games. Last week, Groenewegen was named an NFCA Division I All-Great Lakes Region First Team selection.
Megan Betsa, P, Michigan
Last Game: L, 7.0 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 9 BB, 9 K in Michigan’s 4-2 loss to Washington in the Seattle Regional on 5/21.
This Week: 4 starts, 2-2 record, 21.1 IP, 10 H, 8 R, 7 ER, 15 BB, 36 K
This Season: 25-10 record, 235.1 IP, 119 H, 100 BB, 412 K, 1.40 ERA
Recap: Betsa started each of Michigan’s four Seattle Regional games, ultimately falling twice to host school, Washington. Betsa’s weekend was highlighted by a complete game no-hitter on Saturday against Fresno State. Betsa went the distance in three of her four starts, and struck out 36 batters for the Wolverines. Betsa was named an NFCA Division I All-Great Lakes Region First Team selection.
Chloe Miller, C, Wisconsin
Last Game: 0-1, 0 R, 0 RBI, 1 BB in Wisconsin’s 9-0 loss to Oregon in the Eugene Regional on 5/21.
This Week: 4 games, 5-11, 4 R, 5 RBI, 2 2B, 2 HR, 2 BB, 1 SB
This Season: .426 batting average, 53 R, 48 RBI, 18 2B, 3 3B, 11 HR
Recap: Miller was outstanding at the plate for Wisconsin in their Eugene Regional. Miller hit just under .500 on the weekend, including two doubles and two home runs. She also scored four runs for the Badgers. Miller was named an NFCA Division I All-Great Lakes Region Second Team choice.
Megan Geer, OF, Tennessee
Last Game: 0-3, 0 R, 0 RBI, 1 BB in Tennessee’s 3-0 victory over Longwood in the Knoxville Regional on 5/21.
This Week: 3 games, 0-8, 1 R, 0 RBI, 2 BB
This Season: .294 batting average, 45 R, 34 RBI, 5 2B, 0 3B, 6 HR
Recap: Tennessee advanced out of the Knoxville Regional by going 3-0 on the weekend. Geer walked twice and scored a run for the Volunteers. Tennessee hosts Texas A&M in a best of three series this weekend in the Super Regionals for a bid to the 2017 Women’s College World Series. Geer was selected as an NFCA Division I All-Southeast Region Third Team selection last week.
Sydni Emanuel, OF, Georgia
Last Game: 1-3, 1 R, 0 RBI in Georgia’s 8-5 defeat to host Florida State in the Tallahassee Regional on 5/21.
Last Week: 4 games, 5-12, 3 R, 1 RBI, 0 2B, 0 3B, 0 HR
This Season: .436 batting average, 41 runs, 34 RBI, 2 2B, 1 3B, 0 HR
Recap: Emanuel, an NFCA Division I First Team All-Southeast Region selection, helped the Bulldogs be one of the last two teams standing in the Tallahassee Regional before falling to the Seminoles on Sunday. Emanuel scored in three of Georgia’s four games including both wins over Jacksonville State.
Nicole Schroeder, UT, Arkansas
Last Game: 0-2, 0 R, 0 RBI, 2 BB in Arkansas’ 5-3 loss to host Oklahoma in the Norman Regional on 5/20.
Last Week: 2 games, 1-5, 1 R, 1 RBI, 0 2B, 0 3B, 1 HR
This Season: .329 batting average, 31 R, 49 RBI, 11 2B, 1 3B, 17 HR
Recap: The Razorbacks were eliminated after back-to-back losses in the Norman Regional over the weekend. Schroeder opened the scoring in Arkansas’ postseason opener with a solo home run against Tulsa in what became a 5-4 loss. Schroeder was named an NFCA Division I All-South Region Second Team selection last week.
Maddy Grimm, INF, Kent State
Last Game: 0-2, 0 R, 0 RBI, 1 BB in Kent State’s 4-0 defeat to James Madison in the Waco Regional on 5/20.
Last Week: 3 games, 1-8, 0 R, 0 RBI, 0 2B, 0 3B, 0 HR, 2 BB
This Season: .329 batting average, 50 R, 55 RBI, 12 2B, 1 3B, 19 HR
Recap: The Golden Flashes went 1-2 over the weekend in the Waco Regional, falling to James Madison on Saturday to be eliminated. Grimm was named an NFCA Division I All-Mideast Regional First Team choice last week.
Alexis Silkwood, P, Mississippi State
Last Game: L, 2 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 3 K in Mississippi State’s 9-3 loss to Fordham in the Salt Lake Regional on 5/19
Last Week: 2 starts, 0-2, 4.1 IP, 11 H, 9 R, 8 ER, 5 BB, 3 K
This Season: 15-8, 158.2 IP, 146 H, 50 BB, 108 K, 2.16 ERA
Recap: The Bulldogs were eliminated from the Salt Lake Regional following consecutive losses at the hands of BYU and Fordham over the weekend. Last week, Silkwood was named an NFCA Division I All-South Region Second Team selection.
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.