AKRON, OH – Akron Racers slugger Sami Fagan was named the NPF Player of the Week for the week of July 31-August 6, the league announced today. Fagan helped the Racers sweep the Beijing Shougang Eagles in a three-game series this weekend going 6-for-11 (.545), with two doubles and three home runs, scoring seven runs and driving in eight RBI in NPF competition. Fagan is the third Racer to win NPF Player of the Week this season, joining outfielder Shellie Robinson and second baseman Ashley Thomas.
On Thursday, August 3, Fagan went 2-for-5 with three runs scored and two RBI, including hitting her first home run of the season to lead off the fourth inning in Akron’s 13-0 win over the Eagles. Fagan reached base, plated a run and scored a run in each of her first three trips to the plate in the game.
Fagan came back strong in a doubleheader on Saturday, going 4-for-6 at the plate with two doubles, two home runs, scoring four times and driving in six RBI between the two games, as Akron won 7-0 and 9-0 in the two games. Fagan was especially impressive in the second game. In the bottom of the first inning of the second game, Fagan blasted a two-run home run to put the Racers ahead 3-0. After an RBI double in the third inning, Fagan smashed her second home run of the game in the fourth inning, this one was a three-run shot that put Akron ahead 8-0.
Fagan’s second double on Saturday was her 11th of the season, moving her within one of the franchise single season record of 12 doubles, set by Kristin Johnson and Iyhia McMichael both in the Racers championship 2005 season.
Fagan is now tied for second in the NPF with 11 doubles and is tied for ninth with 23 RBI on the season.
In addition to the series with Beijing, Fagan also scored the tying run in the bottom of the seventh inning in Akron’s 7-7 tie in an exhibition game with the Canadian National Team on Tuesday night, completing a three-run comeback in the final frame.
The Racers (22-22) currently sit in fourth place in the NPF standing in the thick of the race for one of the four spots in the NPF Championship Series which runs August 17-20 at LSU’s Tiger Park in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Akron finishes the regular season at home at Firestone Stadium this week with a four-game series with the second place Scrap Yard Dawgs and a two-game series with the Texas Charge.
The Racers begin the series with the Dawgs on Tuesday, August 8, which is also Sami Fagan Night in honor of the 2016 Rookie of the Year, at 7:05 p.m. The first 500 fans in attendance will receive a Sami Fagan Bobblehead. Wednesday night (August 9), Akron will meet the Dawgs in a doubleheader with the first game beginning at 4:35 p.m. and the second game following, before concluding the series the next night with a 7:05 p.m. game.
Akron will then play the Charge on Saturday, August 12 at 7:05 p.m. and Sunday, August 13 at 4:05 p.m.
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About the Akron Racers: The Akron Racers, headquartered in Akron, OH, are the oldest existing team in the National Pro Fastpitch (NPF) league. The Racers will celebrate their 16th season of play in 2017. 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 2004, provides elite female athletes with an opportunity to pursue a professional career in fastpitch softball beyond their collegiate and amateur 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.