Draftee Update Week 3
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. This 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 No. 6 Texas Longhorns (26-2, 6-0 Big 12) were in Ames, Iowa this past weekend to face the Iowa State Cyclones for a three game set. The Longhorns swept the series and had no problem against the Cyclones. Bennett had a decent weekend against the Cyclones going 5-for-12 with two runs, an RBI and one walk. Her lone RBI came in the first game in the sixth inning with a double. Bennett’s batting average dropped to .463 after this weekend but is still having a great season. Next for the Longhorns, they travel to Houston for a quick game on Wednesday before they go home for the weekend to play Tulsa for a game and New Mexico for a three game set.
Draft Pick #7, Hillary Bach, #10, Pitcher, Arizona State University
Hillary Bach and the Arizona State Sun Devils (31-3, 3-0 Pac-12) were at home this past weekend against the Arizona Wildcats and had to find ways to beat them in all three games. Bach pitched in the second and third games of the series and started one with the other being a relief appearance. In the game she started, the defense behind her did not give much help in the field as she let up five runs with only two being earned. She went five innings and struck out five. In her relief appearance, she had to come in and help out her starting teammate to go four innings with only letting up one run and striking out six. This upcoming weekend the Sun Devils head to Eugene, Ore. to face the Oregon Ducks for a three game series.
Draft Pick # 11, Amanda Chidester, #3, third baseman, University of Michigan
Amanda Chidester and the No. 20 Michigan Wolverines (21-9, 3-0 Big Ten) were in Ann Arbor all last week. The Wolverines had a great week going 4-0 and having short games all week and shut-out Penn State on Sunday. They played Eastern Michigan last Wednesday for a quick game winning 10-2 in five innings. In that game Chidester went only 1-for-2, since the lone hit was a grand slam to straight away center field, this gave Chidester her fifth home run of the year. In the weekend series against Penn State, Chidester went 2-for-7 with another home run to left field. For the week, Chidester went 3-for-9 with two home runs, eight RBIs, four walks and five runs scored. It was a good week from the week before. Chidester and the Wolverines put up a high in hits during the weekend posting 13 in one of the games. The Wolverines will be at home on Wednesday to face Bowling Green for a quick game and then they head to Bloomington, Ind. to face the Indiana Hoosiers for three games next weekend.
Draft Pick #14, Alicia Herron, #24, Shortstop, Ohio State University
Alicia Herron and the Ohio State Buckeyes (16-11, 2-1 Big Ten) did not have a great week going 2-3 against No. 14 Louisville and Indiana. Last Tuesday they had a double header against the Cardinals and lost both, only scoring two runs. Herron went 2-for-6 in the double-header with a stolen base and struck out once. Herron did extend her hitting streak to a career high 14 games. In the first game of the weekend Herron hit her ninth home run of the year and it was a two run shot to right field. In the final game of the weekend, Indiana did not want to pitch to Herron as she was intentionally walked once and hit by a pitch twice. For the weekend, Herron went 3-for-12, dropping her batting average down to .400 and her hitting streak ended at 15 which was a career high for her. Herron and the Buckeyes stay home on Wednesday to play the Wright State Raiders in a double header before heading to East Lansing to play Michigan State for three games.
Draft Pick # 15, Jen Mineau, #13, Pitcher, Fordham University
Jen Mineau and the Fordham Rams (16-14, 4-0 Atlantic-10) had a great week going 5-0 and sweeping conference play for the weekend. On Tuesday the Rams played St. John’s in the Bronx and Mineau threw her eighth no-hitter in beating the Red Storm 8-0 in six innings. The weekend consisted of the Rams playing La Salle and George Washington in their respective home venues. The Rams beat the La Salle Explorers by a combined score of 20-1. Mineau threw five innings against the Explorers as they beat them 9-1 in five innings. Mineau threw 12 strikeouts and only let up three hits. She pitched both games against George Washington and had complete games in both throwing a combined 14 innings with 19 strikeouts while letting up two runs.
Mineau is currently holding a 0.97 WHIP (walks + hits / innings pitched) against opponents. In comparison, an elite Major League Baseball pitcher will have a season WHIP of 1.00. Jen Mineau is on fire in the pitching circle this season. For the week she had four complete games and a total of 40 strikeouts while only walking two batters. The Rams currently have a 10 game winning streak and look to continue it this week as they head to Easton, Pa. on Wednesday to play Lehigh for a double header before heading home to the Bronx to play Charlotte for two games.
Draft Pick # 19, Jamia Reid, # 3, Outfielder, California University
Jamia Reid and the No. 2 California Golden Bears (29-1, 2-0 Pacfic-12) went 4-0 this past week playing Princeton and Stanford. On Tuesday, Reid had a good day against the Princeton Tigers going 2-for-3 with two runs as the Golden Bears had no problem with the Tigers winning 8-0 in five innings. Over the weekend, the Golden Bears were only tested in one game as they won easily in the other two, winning 9-0, 4-3, and 8-0. For the week, Reid went 8-for-16 with five runs scored. The Golden Bears look to continue their great season at home this week playing Sacramento State on Wednesday for a quick game before the weekend as the play rival Washington for three games.