Gretchen Aucoin signed her first professional softball contract during the first week of June and she made her pro debut less than a week later when the Cleveland Comets hosted the USSSA Pride at Elmwood Park in Independence, Ohio.
Aucoin, a 5-foot-11 right-handed pitcher/first baseman from Ocean Springs, Miss., began her collegiate career in 2013 at Texas Tech University.
She played two years for the Red Raiders then transferred to the University of Tennessee, where she completed her eligibility.
At Tech, she played in 84 games with 51 starts to her credit. She was named to the inaugural Big 12 Academic All-Rookie team and as a sophomore, she was named first team NFCA Division I All-Central Region and second team All-Big 12.
During her junior season at Tennessee, Aucoin started in 47 of the 50 games she played with 28 appearances in the circle and also finished with 10 multi-hit games and a career-high nine home runs, 38 hits, 30 runs scored, 25 walks, and a .311 batting average with a .447 on-base percentage.
Aucoin finished her four-year career with a 29-14 record in the circle with 294 strikeouts in 278 2/3 innings pitched and a 3.03 ERA. The left-handed hitter also batted .336 with 25 home runs and 107 RBI.
In six games with the Comets, Aucoin is 2-1 with a 2.33 ERA. She has struck out 12 batters in 27 innings and picked up the first win in Comets history.
Learn more about Gretchen Aucoin:
How old were you when you started playing softball and why did you stick with it?
“It all started in tee-ball,” Aucoin said. “My brother and dad taught and played with me. I was a natural at it. I stuck with it because I loved to play and compete. There are so many things to learn and positions to play; it never got old.”
- Bats: Left
- Throws: Right
- Birthday: June 27
- Instagram: @gretchenaucoin
- Twitter: @gretchenaucoin
- Nickname: G-Money
- Special Skill (other than softball: Aucoin played the Alto Sax in middle school
- Second Favorite Sport: Basketball
- Favorite Food: Sweet Potatoes
- Favorite Singer/Group: Christian Rock
- Favorite Athlete: Jennie Finch
- Last Book She Read: R.A. Dickey
- Favorite Quote:
- Favorite quote? “Don’t let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do,” ~ John Wooden
Did You Know?
Aucoin, who also played basketball in high school, didn’t play softball for her school team and instead focused on travel ball in the spring.