NASHVILLE, Tenn. – LSU senior All-American pitcher Rachele Fico was selected as the No. 1 overall pick by the Akron Racers in the 2013 National Pro Fastpitch College Senior Draft presented by BOWNET Monday at the Ford Theatre located inside the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.
It marks the second straight year that LSU has had the league’s No. 1 pick as former All-American hurler Brittany Mack was the No. 1 pick by the USSSA Florida Pride during 2012 NPF Draft.
“I’m really thankful and excited to be welcomed into the Akron Racers family,” Fico said. “It’s a huge honor, and I feel incredibly blessed. I was so thrilled to see my name come up on the screen as the No. 1 pick. I’m going to continue to work hard to do whatever I can to make a contribution to the team and to help the NPF grow as a league.”
Fico has amassed a 71-35 record, a 1.57 ERA and 32 shutouts over her three-plus seasons with the Tigers. She was a 2012 NFCA All-America First-Team selection and is currently a finalist for the 2013 USA Softball Player of the Year in addition to the Senior Class award. The Connecticut native also has racked up 733 strikeouts, fourth-most in program history.
The Akron Racers open the 2013 season against the Chicago Bandits on June 5-8. National Pro Fastpitch is headquartered in Nashville, Tenn. 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.
LSU embarks on a nine-game road as the Tigers visit Florida State, a team who is receiving votes in the latest edition of the Top 25 polls, for a Wednesday doubleheader. First pitch is slated for 4 p.m. CT with both games being broadcasted live by the LSU Sports Radio Network on Country Legends 104.9 FM in Baton Rouge and available online for Geaux Zone subscribers at www.LSUsports.net/live.
Fans also can follow every pitch of LSU softball this season via live stats at www.LSUsports.net/livestats along with live in-game updates on LSU softball's social media outlets at www.Facebook.com/lsusoftball and @lsusoftball on Twitter.
History of NPF College Draft No. 1 Selections
Year, Player, School
2004, Iyhia McMichael, Mississippi State
2005, Amy Harre, Southern Illinois
2006, Cat Osterman, Texas
2007, Lindsay Schutzler, Tennessee
2008, Katie Burkhart, Arizona State
2009, Katie Cochran, Arizona State
2010, Charlotte Morgan, Alabama
2011, Kelsi Dunne, Alabama
2012, Brittany Mack, LSU
2013, Rachele Fico, LSU