BATON ROUGE – Former LSU All-American pitcher Rachele Fico added two more complete game victories to her 2013 National Pro Fastpitch (NPF) season over the past week. In the process, the Akron Racers rookie right-hander improved her record to 4-4 for the season.
Fico bounced back to fire five shutouts frames after being touched up for five runs during the first two innings against the USSSA Florida Pride on July 26. The Racers rallied for the 10-5 win sparked by a pair of three-RBI performances from Charlotte Morgan and Taylor Schlopy. She also provided 3.1 innings of two-run, two-hit relief which enabled Akron to lock up a 7-6 triumph over the Pride on July 25.
Fico came away with back-to-back victories for the first time in her professional career as the Racers claimed an 8-4 victory over the New York/New Jersey Comets on July 29. She fell behind 3-0 early, but Akron rallied behind a five-run fifth inning and Tess Sito’s four-RBI effort.
Brittany Mack lost her lone outing of the week, a 5-0 decision to the Pride on July 25. She tossed four shutout innings to open the game as Akron’s offense was held to one hit by former Texas standout and USA Olympian Cat Osterman. For the season, Mack’s record dropped to 2-3.
Akron heads into the final three weeks of the regular season with a 13-22 record and sits in third place of the NPF standings. The Racers play host to the USSSA Florida Pride for a four-game series starting Friday. The 2013 NPF Championship will begin on August 22 hosted by the Chicago Bandits.
National Pro Fastpitch is headquartered in Nashville, Tennessee. 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.