El Dorado News-Times
Players To Watch In College Softball
By Cliff Brunt AP Sports Writer Players to watch this season JORDY BAHL, OKLAHOMA
Bahl was the winning pitcher in the national title game against Texas. In her first college season, she went 22-1 with a 1.09 earned run average. She was the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) Freshman of the Year and a top-10 finalist for USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year.
ADDISON BARNARD, WICHITA STATE
Barnard finished second to Oklahoma's Jocelyn Alo with 33 home runs last season, the third-best total in NCAA Division I history. The Beatrice, Nebraska, native finished second nationally with 84 RBIs. She was the first player in NCAA history to have at least 30 home runs and 25 stolen bases in a season.
MEGAN FARAIMO, UCLA
Faraimo was Pac-12 pitcher of the year last season and a finalist for USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year. She had a 24-5 record with seven saves and 292 strikeouts in 198 innings. She ranks sixth in school history in strikeouts.
MONTANA FOUTS, ALABAMA
Fouts, a graduate student, is back for her fifth season. She was NFCA Pitcher of the Year in 2021 and a first-team NFCA All-American last season. She has been a USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year finalist three times. She threw a perfect game against UCLA in the 2021 Women's College World Series.
TIARE JENNINGS, OKLAHOMA
Jennings likely would have been Most Outstanding Player of the Women's College World Series if not for teammate Jocelyn Alo. Jennings set a WCWS record with 15 RBIs and tied Alo with five home runs. She set the NCAA's single-season freshman record with 92 RBIs in 2021, then led the nation with 87 RBIs in 2022.
BAYLEE KLINGLER, WASHINGTON
Klingler was a top-three finalist for USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year last season. She was the Pac-12 Player of the Year after leading the conference in batting average, RBIs, hits and home runs. She also made the conference's all-defense team as an infielder.
GRACE LYONS, OKLAHOMA
Lyons, an infielder, was the 2022 Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year. She was a first-team NFCA AllAmerican and a top-10 finalist for USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year. She had hit 27 home runs in three years before last season, but exploded for 23 home runs and 70 RBIs last season.
KELLY MAXWELL, OKLAHOMA STATE
Maxwell went 21-5 with 313 strikeouts in 189 2/3 innings last season and helped the Cowgirls reach the Women's College World Series semifinals last season. She was a top-10 finalist for USA Softball's Collegiate Player of the Year and co-Big 12 Pitcher of the Year with Bahl.
DANIELLE WILLIAMS, NORTHWESTERN
Williams was a first-team NFCA All-American last season after leading the Big Ten in earned run average, strikeouts and wins. She was Big Ten Pitcher of the Year and led the Wildcats to the Women's College World Series. She ranked third nationally with 251 innings pitched and third nationally with 333 strikeouts.
KATHRYN SANDERCOCK, FLORIDA STATE
Sandercock ranked second nationally with 30 wins last season for a Florida State team that was the No. 2 seed in the NCAA Tournament. She was a force in the Women's College World Series in 2021, helping the Seminoles reach the best-ofthree championship series against Oklahoma.