The Akron Racers selected six players in the March 7, NPF College Draft. Debuting from the Akron Racers this season, only at www.akronracers.org, is a special feature called “Draftee Update” where we will check in on our six draftees and see how their college seasons are progressing. The first edition of takes us about three weeks into the NCAA season. Let’s take a look . . .
Draft Pick #3, Lexy Bennett, #51, Shortstop, University of Texas
Lexy Bennett and the Texas Longhorns (23-2) participated in the Spring Fling Tournament last week, which took place in Honolulu, Hawaii. The Longhorns played against some good competition last week in Marist, Winthrop (twice), fellow Racers’ draftee Jamia Reid’s Golden Bears and host Hawaii. The Longhorns ended the tournament with a record of 4-1 and the lone loss coming from California. Bennett batted 5-for-17 for the tournament with five RBIs, four runs and two walks. In the game against California, Bennett went 1-for-4 with a run. Bennett and the Longhorns will travel to Ames, Iowa to face Iowa State for a three game weekend series.
Draft Pick #7, Hillary Bach, #10, Pitcher, Arizona State University
Hillary Bach and the Arizona State Sun Devils (28-3) went to Fullerton, Calif. to play in the Judi Garman Classic. They played BYU, No. 10 Louisiana-Lafayette, Fresno State, No. 19 Michigan and the game against Notre Dame was cancelled. The Sun Devils went 3-1 for the weekend. Bach pitched in two games during the weekend, winning both. Both of her games were complete game shutouts, which put her record at 13-0. Between the two games Bach let up seven hits and four walks, but had eight strikeouts. Bach did not pitch against her fellow Akron Racers draftee Amanda Chidester when they played Michigan. This upcoming weekend opens up Pacfic-12 Conference play in Tempe, Ariz. as they play the Arizona Wildcats.
Draft Pick # 11, Amanda Chidester, #3, third baseman, University of Michigan
Amanda Chidester and her Michigan Wolverines (17-9) played in the Judi Garman Classic this past weekend posting a 1-2 record. They beat Notre Dame and were shut out by No. 7 Oklahoma and No. 5 Arizona State. The other two games were cancelled. Chidester did not have the weekend she could have hoped for going 1-for-9 with a single and striking out once, however, she did reach base on a couple fielder’s choice plays. Chidester and the Wolverines will come home to Ann Arbor this weekend to open up Big Ten Conference play to face Penn State for three games.
Draft Pick #14, Alicia Herron, #24, Shortstop, Ohio State University
Alicia Herron and the Ohio State Buckeyes (14-8) played in the Tennessee Tourney this past weekend going 3-0 and having one game cancelled for the weekend. They played host Tennessee State, Belmont and St. Bonaventure. A game against Mercer was rained out. Herron had a great weekend, going 4-for-8 while hitting two big home runs, eight RBIs, and scoring five runs. Herron also had a couple of stolen bases and was walked intentionally four times. Her highlights of the weekend were the two home runs she had against Belmont as her and the Buckeyes beat up on the Bruins winning 15-3 in six innings. Herron’s two home runs pass former Buckeye Kristine Himes for second on the OSU all-time career list with 43 home runs. Herron was named to the Tiger Classic All-Tournament Team. Herron and Ohio State have a quick stop in Louisville to play the Cardinals for one game on Tuesday before going home to open up Big Ten Conference play against Indiana for a three game series.
Draft Pick # 15, Jen Mineau, #13, Pitcher, Fordham University
Jen Mineau and her Fordham Rams (11-14) played in the JMU Days Inn Invitational in Harrisonburg, Va. this past weekend and posting a 4-1 record. They split two games between Pittsburgh, beat George Washington and won against host James Madison twice. Mineau had a good weekend going 2-1 and starting two games. Both of her starts were complete games and her relief appearance was a four inning outing. Her overall record now stands at 9-8. She threw 22 innings, gave up 11 hits, five runs with three earned, and had 30 strikeouts. The Rams will make a stop in Bronx, N.Y. tomorrow for a game against St. John’s before heading to Philadelphia and Washington D.C. to play La Salle and George Washington next weekend.
Draft Pick # 19, Jamia Reid, # 3, Outfielder, California University
Jamia Reid and the California Golden Bears (25-1) lost their first game of the season this weekend at the Hawaii Spring Fling against host Hawaii. The Golden Bears did post a 4-1 record for the weekend. Jamia Reid struggled at the plate this past weekend going 5-for-19 with two strikeouts and scoring four runs. Reid and the Golden Bears will stop home to play a game against Princeton before heading to Palo Alto, Calif. to play Stanford for a three game set.
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