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Thursday, June 1, 2017

Akron Racers Sign Haley Fagan

After a tumultuous senior season at Auburn, former Tiger shortstop Haley Fagan has signed a professional contract with the Akron Racers of the National Pro Fastpitch league.

With the contract, which runs through 2018, Fagan will join sister Sami on the Racers' roster, as the sisters will play together for the first time as professionals after several seasons as SEC collegiate opponents.

Haley Fagan began her career at South Alabama before transferring to Auburn. In three seasons at AU, she hit .323 with twenty-three home runs and 96 career RBI. After coming back from an injury that sidelined her for the majority of the year, Fagan returned in time for the Tigers' postseason run in 2016 and had a hand in the team's advancement to the WCWS championship final.

Fagan will join three other Tiger alumni in the NPF, including Angel Bunner, Emily Carosone, and Jade Rhodes. Four different NPF teams will now have a former Tiger on their roster.

Fagan's senior season was in the news for off-field incidents far more than on-the-field exploits. During Auburn's series at Florida, Fagan got into a scrum with Florida head coach Tim Walton after Walton made contact with her shoulder in the postgame handshake line and she shoved the Gators head coach in response. Neither was reprimanded for their actions, though Walton did later issue an apology for his role in the incident.

Later in the year, Fagan was arrested, along with two teammates, and charged with possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia. The trio was suspended by head coach Clint Myers for a portion of the year as a result of the arrests. The charges have not yet been resolved, with a court date scheduled for all three later this year.

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