AKRON, OH— Akron Racers shortstop Sami Fagan’s (Missouri) remarkable rookie campaign is winding down, but not before she could secure her fourth NPF Rookie of the Week title of the season for the week spanning from August 1- August 7, where she hit .529 while knocking in five RBI.
Fagan’s four NPF Rookie of the Week honors plus her one NPF Offensive Player of the Week title mean that she has been recognized in half of the weekly honors over the course of the 2016 season.
Along with her .529 batting average and five RBI, Fagan also scored five runs of her own, carved out nine hits, smashed a pair of two-run home runs and accumulated a .941 slugging percentage.
Her week started with a two-homerun game against the Dallas Charge on Monday Aug. 1 where she went 2-4 and tallied three RBI and two runs scored. She then followed that with a three-hit performance on Tuesday night.
On Friday, Fagan went 1-3 with an RBI, a run scored and a walk in the Racers 8-1 rout of the Scrap Yard Dawgs. She finished the week incredibly strong with a 3-3 performance, which included a double, an RBI and two runs scored.
With four games left in the Racers season, Fagan is well on her way to earning 2016 NPF Rookie of the Year honors as she leads all rookies in batting average, RBI, runs scored, hits, doubles, total bases, slugging percentage and on-base percentage.
The Racers final four games will all come against the front-running USSSA Pride, where Fagan and her teammates will be vying for playoff positioning.
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 2016 NPF season will be televised on CBS Sports Network. Coverage includes the NPF College Draft presented by Bownet on Thur., 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.
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