01/06/2016 12:00 AM -
The Woodlands, Texas – January 6, 2015 – The Scrap Yard Dawgs welcome former University of Texas standout, Lexy Bennett, as their second signee. Bennett was a key player for the Longhorns as she helped guide them to four NCAA post season appearances in her four years. Bennett made her mark in the Longhorn record books by setting career records in batting average (.385), on base percentage (.464), runs scored (166), hits (245), RBI (155), total bases (414) and sacrifice flies (10).
“I could not be more excited to play for a Pro Team in my home town. I feel so lucky to have the best of both worlds, a great organization to play for, and all of my friends and family near by to share the experience with. I am looking forward to a great season with The Dawgs,” said Bennett.
Bennett, a Kingwood, Texas native, was a force at the plate for the Longhorns. In every season Bennett was a lead hitter for the team. During the 2011 season, Bennett led the Big XII with her .425 batting average and her .792 slugging percentage. In 2009 Bennett finished her freshman season ranked third on the squad in batting average (.349), second in hits (60), fourth in on base percentage (.420), and fourth in slugging percentage (.488). Not only was she an influential player for the Longhorns, but Bennett made her mark in the Big XII as well. She was named to the All-Big 12 First Team in 2009, 2010 and 2012.
Bennett was the #3 pick of the 2012 NPF Draft, selected by the Akron Racers. She saw limited action in her rookie season, before stepping away for the past two seasons.
Bennett will bring a lot of experience to the infield for the Dawgs. In 2011 she was a Top 25 Finalist for USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year and also earned NFCA All-American second team honors in 2012. Her strength at the plate and savviness on the infield will be great assets for the Dawgs.
“It’s a pleasure to have Lexy back in the league. It’s great to be able to add strong local talent to our new team,” said Dawgs GM Kevin Shelton. “Having watched her closely at Texas and coaching against her in club ball, I know what kind of competitor she is. Her intensity, ability and high softball IQ will be a valuable part to our young club. Looking forward to seeing Lexy in a Dawgs uniform.”
About the Scrap Yard Dawgs
The Scrap Yard Dawgs will begin competition in the National Pro Fastpitch league in 2016. The Dawgs will provide elite softball players the opportunity to pursue a professional career and inspire the next generation of professionals. Located in the Houston area, the Dawgs organization and its players are committed to demonstrating leadership in community involvement, entertainment, and professionalism. Follow the Dawgs at www.scrapyarddawgs.com or on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram
About the NPF
National Pro Fastpitch (NPF) is headquartered in Nashville, Tenn. The league, created to give elite female fastpitch players the opportunity to pursue a professional career in their chose 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 and has been since 2002.