Photo credit: Nick Monaghan, courtesy of National Pro Fastpitch
ROSEMONT — Chicago Bandits first-year catcher Gwen Svekis has been named to the softball staff at Indiana University as a volunteer assistant, the Hoosiers’ athletic department announced Monday afternoon.
Svekis, whom the Bandits selected third overall in the 2018 NPF Draft following a historic career at Oregon, currently holds a .231 clip at the plate with one home run and five RBI across 13 games at the professional level. She delivered her first career long ball during a 21-0 rout against the Beijing Shougang Eagles on July 12.
“We are excited about this tremendous opportunity for Gwen,” Bandits general manager Toni Calmeyn said. “She’s been a terrific addition to our ball club and prepares herself well both on and off the field. We look forward to seeing her continue to grow as a member of the coaching staff at Indiana.”
During her storied career at Oregon, Svekis guided the Ducks to the Women’s College World Series in three of her four seasons behind the plate. The 2018 NFCA Catcher of the Year posted career-high marks in home runs (17) and RBI (60) during her final collegiate campaign. She recorded 45 home runs and 169 RBI throughout her career.
“Some of my mentors in the softball world had nothing but incredible things to say about the IU coaching staff,” Svekis said in a statement released by the Indiana athletic department. “When I heard that there was an opening, I was so excited to pursue the position … I’m also extremely excited to pass on the knowledge I have gained to the girls on the team and watch this program grow towards its potential.”
Svekis and the Bandits will be back in action Tuesday when they begin a six-game stretch against the Cleveland Comets. First pitch is set for 6 p.m. at Firestone Stadium in Akron, Ohio, and the game will be broadcast via NPFTV.
For more information about the Chicago Bandits, or to purchase tickets to any upcoming game, including the 2018 NPF Championship Series, please visit chicagobandits.com or call the box office at 877-722-6348.
ABOUT CHICAGO BANDITS
Since 2005, the Chicago Bandits have been members of the National Pro Fastpitch league. Entering their 14th season as a franchise, the Bandits have provided the Chicago area with high-level softball talent and entertainment en route to capturing six regular season titles and four Cowles Cup championships, the most recent coming during the 2016 campaign. Located in Rosemont, the Bandits play at Parkway Bank Sports Complex, one of the premier softball facilities in the nation. Parkway Bank Sports Complex is the only stadium in the country built exclusively for a women’s professional softball team. The Bandits provide an opportunity for female fastpitch softball players to further their careers at the professional level and have included legendary figures such as Jennie Finch, Tammy Williams and Stacy May-Johnson.