Akron Racers general manager Joey Arrietta is excited to announce the signing of outfielder Jennifer Gilbert, the 10th overall pick in the 2014 National Pro Fastpitch draft.
Gilbert received Mid-American Conference Player of the Year in 2012, 2013 and 2014 and is the NCAA Division I active career leader in home runs (75), runs batted in (246), runs scored (215) and doubles (62). Her home runs rank eighth all-time in NCAA Division I.
“I have watched Jenny for four years,” said Arrietta, who has directed the MAC Tournament for 11 years at Firestone Stadium. “She is a remarkable athlete and her numbers speak volumes of her potential in this league.”
In 2013, Gilbert became the first All-American in Ball State softball history and was named NFCA All-Great Lakes Region First Team in 2012, 2013 and 2014.
“This is a very exciting day for Jenny,” Ball State head coach Tyra Perry said. “She has put in a lot of hard work to get to this point in her career and is very deserving of this opportunity. We are extremely proud of her and cannot wait to follow her throughout her professional career.”
The McKinney, Texas native will be joined on the Racers by high school teammate and friend Ashley Thomas, who signed yesterday.
The Racers season kicks off May 29th at home against the Chicago Bandits.
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 enter their 13th season of play in 2014.
About National Pro Fastpitch: National Pro Fastpitch is headquartered in Nashville, TN. The league, created to give elite female fast pitch 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 fast pitch softball since 2002. www.profastpitch.com