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Renee Vance Richardson

The Vance name, more specifically the Vance sisters, are synonymous with winning softball at Manchester High School and The University of Akron. First there was Cheryl, a catcher, then pitchers Dani, a 2000 SCSHOF inductee, and Renee. All three lettered four years at UA and contributed greatly to the success of the Zip softball program under Head Coach Joey Arrietta. It is said that records are made to be broken. Dani broke most of UA's pitching records during her four seasons (1981-84) and then during her four years (1983-86) Renee re-broke all 16 pitching records that UA maintains. A southpaw, Renee started slow as freshman compiling a 6-3 win-loss record that included a, 9-0, no-hit pitching performance against Ashland. She improved to 12-1 with a .19 era, third best in the nation in 1984 as the Lady Zips compiled a 48- 6 record while finishing runner-up in the NCAA II Softball Championship. A big career win for Renee came when she pitched the Zips to a 3-1 NCAA II semifinal victory over Sam Houston State. Renee's most impressive season came in 1985 when she pitched Akron to 25 of its 51 wins on the way to another second place finish in the NCAA II Tournament. Her performance, which included a record-breaking 144 strikeouts, a .51 era and a .292 batting average, earned her an All-America second team slot. In addition, Vance was named the team's MVP and was voted onto the NCAA II All-Tournament squad. Although compiling a 13-7 win-loss mark as a senior did not compare favorably to her 25-6 record in 1985, her value to the team was considerable as she batted a career high .375 average that included nine triples and three homeruns. That effort earned her UA's Caroline Pardee Female Athlete of the Year Award for 1986. During her four-year career in which Akron put together a win-loss record of 164-37-3, Vance accumulated 56 wins, 341 strikeouts in 522 2/3 innings, a .79 era and a .325 batting average. Now Renee joins Dani Vance Crookston as the only sisters inducted into the SCSHOF.

Inducted 2002 | Softball