FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Nicole Schroeder added another memory to a breakout senior season when she was selected by the Akron Racers with the 21st overall pick in the fifth round of Monday’s National Pro Fastpitch Draft. The Yorba Linda, Calif., native becomes the program’s second-ever NPF pick, joining Devon Wallace who was selected in the 2015 draft.
Through 46 games, Schroeder is hitting .339 with a team-leading 13 home runs, 42 RBI and 92 total bases, all representing career-high marks for the senior outfielder. She leads the SEC in home runs while ranking fourth in total bases and sixth in RBI. Schroeder is a two-time SEC Player of the Week and was tabbed the espnW and USA Softball National Player of the Week earlier this season.
With the help of this season’s numbers, Schroeder has cemented her spot as one of the most prolific sluggers in Arkansas history. Within the program’s all-time list, she ranks third in home runs (34) and slugging percentage (.528), fourth in walks (91) and sixth in runs batted in (111). Schroeder has four multi-home run games in her career, including three this season.
Schroeder was one of seven players in the SEC taken in Monday’s draft, four of which were selected by Akron. Overall, the Racers made eight picks. The NPF league began in 2004 and consists of the Racers, Chicago Bandits, Scrap Yard Dawgs, Texas Charge and USSSA Florida Pride.
On the heels of a weekend series at Mississippi State, the Razorbacks continue their road trip Tuesday afternoon against Jackson State. First pitch is scheduled for 3 p.m. (CT) at the JSU Softball Complex. Following a three-game series at Notre Dame, Arkansas returns to Bogle Park on May 5-7 to host Georgia in the regular-season finale for both teams.
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