EM Athlete Jessica Garcia goes Pro!
AKRON, Ohio – June 20, 2012 – The Akron Racers have announced that rookie free agent catcher, Jessica Garcia, has been signed to a one-year contract, completing the Akron Racers 2012 roster.
“Offensively, Jessica has proven to be a big time hitter and I’m excited to have her join our team and complete our 20 player roster,” said General Manager Joey Arrietta.
Arrietta has inserted a power hitter into the roster by signing Garcia who broke the University of New Mexico’s single-season records for: hits (81), runs batted in (69), slugging percentage (.917), and total bases (166).
As a catcher for the UNM, Garcia finished ranking in the top ten among all Division I softball players in five categories: home runs (third, 24), home runs per game (third, .46), runs-batted-in per game (fourth, 1.33), slugging percentage (sixth, 9.17), and batting average (seventh, .448).
“Jessica strengthens our defense at the catching position,” continues Arrietta. Garcia started all of the Lobos games, catching her junior and senior years, helping them to their first winning season in 10 years in 2012.
The Akron Racers (4-5) continue their exciting season with a series against the Chicago Bandits Saturday, June 23 at Firestone Stadium. The Title IX 40th Anniversary Celebration is June 23.
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 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. The Racers kick-off their 11th season of play in 2012.
About National Pro Fastpitch: National Pro Fastpitch is headquartered in Nashville, TN. The league, created to give elite female fastpitch players the opportunity to pursue a professional career in their chosen sport, has operated since 1997 under the names of Women’s Pro Fastpitch (WPF) and Women’s Pro Softball League (WPSL). NPF is the Official Development Partner of Major League Baseball in the category of women’s fastpitch softball since 2002.
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