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PITCHING DOMINATES AGAIN IN DRAFTEE UPDATE

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Draftee Update Week 5
Written By: Justin Marquardt
 
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 Draftee Update edition takes us into the NCAA season. Let’s take a look . . .
 
Akron Racers Draft Pick #3, Lexy Bennett, #51, Shortstop, University of Texas
Lexy Bennett and the No. 3 Texas Longhorns (32-4, 7-2 Big 12) faced the No. 11 Missouri Tigers over the weekend and went 1-2 against them. This gave the Longhorns their first back-to-back losses of the season. Bennett started the weekend strong before having a bad Saturday. Bennett, for the weekend, went 3-for-9 with an RBI single, two runs, a couple of walks and struck out four times. This was the hardest test for the Longhorns this season as they look to rebound next week. This upcoming week, the Longhorns hit the road as they travel to Lubbock, Texas on Wednesday for a quick game against Texas Tech. The weekend will consist of heading to Lawrence, Kan. to face the Kansas Jayhawks for three games.
 
 
Akron Racers Draft Pick #7, Hillary Bach, #10, Pitcher, Arizona State University
Hillary Bach and the Arizona State Sun Devils (35-4, 7-1 Pac-12) were home this past weekend to play the No. 12 UCLA Bruins for a three game series. The Sun Devils had no problem over the weekend as they swept the Bruins. This was only the second sweep ever against UCLA. Bach only pitched the second game of the series in a winning effort and only needed five innings to do so. Bach let up five hits, one run and struck out two. This put Bach at 16-0 on the season and the win gave her an 82nd career victory, which puts her second overall in Arizona State pitching victories. This upcoming week for the Sun Devils will be traveling to Corvallis, Ore. to face the Oregon State Beavers for three games on Tuesday and Wednesday as the Sun Devils are off this weekend.
 
 
Akron Racers Draft Pick # 11, Amanda Chidester, #3, third baseman, University of Michigan
Amanda Chidester and the No. 20 Michigan Wolverines (27-10, 8-1 Big Ten) were in Columbus, Ohio this past weekend to face fellow Akron Racers draft pick Alicia Herron and Ohio State for three games. Michigan had no problem in sweeping the Buckeyes. In game one, the Wolverines beat the Buckeyes 10-2. Chidester went 2-for-3 with a double, scored twice and struck out once. In game two Michigan won 11-4 with Chidester going 2-for-3 again. This time she had two doubles with one of them bringing in three runs and she eventually scored. By the end of the game, Ohio State intentionally walked Chidester. Game three was a much tougher game as Michigan only won 6-5. Chidester did not have a good game going 0-for-3 with a walk and a run. For the weekend, Chidester went 4-for-9. The upcoming week for Michigan will be Tuesday at home against Western Michigan for a game before playing Michigan State on Saturday and Sunday. Saturday’s game will be in East Lansing and Sunday’s double-header is in Ann Arbor.
 
To follow Chidester more closely, head to http://www.mgoblue.com/sports/w-softbl/mich-w-softbl-body.html
 
Akron Racers Draft Pick #14, Alicia Herron, #24, Shortstop, Ohio State University
Alicia Herron and the Ohio State Buckeyes (23-14, 5-4 Big Ten) started off the week with a double-header against the Buffalo Bulls. They swept the games with scores of 5-0 and 8-5. Herron went 2-for-4 for the day. In game one she went 1-for-1 with a RBI single and a couple of walks (one was a hit by pitch). In game two she went 1-for-3 with a two-run double to left field. Over the weekend, the Buckeyes played fellow Akron Racers draftee pick, Amanda Chidester and Michigan at home, which they were swept for the three games. In the first game, Herron went 2-for-3 with a two-run home run to right field to start the game off right for Ohio State, though these were the only runs scored for them. Herron also singled later in the game. The second game was not as good for Herron as she went 1-for-3 with a double to left and was intentionally walked. Game three ended the weekend on a high note for Herron. She went 2-for-2 with two singles, one run and walked twice with one being hit by a pitch. For the weekend, Herron went 5-for-8. Next week Ohio State starts the week off at home on Wednesday for a quick game versus Dayton before traveling to West Lafayette, Ind. for the weekend to face Purdue.
 
 
Akron Racers Draft Pick # 15, Jen Mineau, #13, Pitcher, Fordham University
Jen Mineau and the Fordham Rams (23-17, 9-1 Atlantic-10) started off the week on Tuesday with a double-header against Binghamton and swept them 8-3 and 7-3. Mineau only pitched in the second game in a relief appearance going 1.1 innings. She struck out all four batters she faced for a perfect outing. Sweeping the double-header keeps Fordham’s unbeaten streak alive. During the weekend the Rams were home all weekend going 3-1. This was the first loss for the Rams in conference play. Mineau pitched all four games this weekend and all of them were complete games. She did great in all but the final game which her defense did not help her very much. Game one and two was against St. Joseph’s and between the two games threw 15 innings, let up eight hits, let up one run struck out 20 batters. In game three against Temple, Mineau looked great throwing her tenth career no-hitter and fifth career perfect game! Mineau struck out 15 batters during the perfect game. In the final game against Temple, Mineau started to slow down and had no help from her defense as she lost in six innings. Mineau let up seven hits and six runs as only two of them were earned. Mineau did strike out nine. The upcoming week for the Rams will start off in Loudonville, N.Y. on Wednesday to play a double-header before heading home to play Saint Louis for the weekend for two games.
 
 
Akron Racers Draft Pick # 19, Jamia Reid, # 3, Outfielder, California University
Jamia Reid and the No. 1 California Golden Bears (36-1, 8-0 Pacfic-12) had an easy weekend against the Utah Utes this past weekend in sweeping them with scores of 10-0, 11-3, and 12-3. In game one, Reid batted 0-for-4 reaching base on fielding errors. The second game was a bit better for Reid as she went 2-for-4 with two singles and stole one base. In the third game, Reid went 2-for-5 with a couple of singles, scored once and struck out once. For the weekend, Reid was 4-for-13 and helped her Golden Bears stay strong at the No. 1 spot. The upcoming week for the Golden Bears will be on Wednesday in Moraga, Calif. against St. Mary’s for a quick game before going home to face Arizona for a three game series over the weekend.
 


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