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2020 Pac-12 Player Power Rankings

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Softball America will rank the Pac-12's top 10 players each week of the 2020 college softball season.

See SA's updated Pac-12 Player Power Rankings below.

Updated on: 2/24/2020
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    Megan Faraimo

    UCLA P

    2020 Stats: 9-0, 0.73 ERA, 57.2 IP, 94 SO
    Faraimo continued her dominance in the circle at the Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic. She racked up double-digit strikeouts against Texas A&M, Wisconsin and Florida, including getting 16 Badgers out via the K. Across 19.2 innings, she allowed two runs on six hits and only walked one batter.

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    Aaliyah Jordan


    2020 Stats: .550 BA, 1.529 OPS, 10 2B, HR, 21 RBI, 12 R
    Jordan might as well be 1B on this list, as she has played at a high level like Faraimo for the Bruins. She also finally collected her first home run of the year against Texas A&M, while adding more doubles to her season total. Jordan had the lone RBI for UCLA before Jenavee Peres’ walk-off home run versus Wisconsin.

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    Brooke Yanez

    Oregon P

    2020 Stats: 7-0, 1.58 ERA, 35.1 IP, 56 SO
    After not being used a ton last week, Yanez tossed 16 great innings for the still undefeated Ducks at the Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic. Other than the three-run home run she allowed to Northwestern’s Maeve Nelson, Yanez didn’t make any mistakes and only allowed those runs. She also showed her versatility by making two relief appearances and throwing a complete game against Northwestern.

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    Gabbie Plain

    Washington P

    2020 Stats: 7-1, 2.96 ERA, 49.2 IP, 65 SO
    Plain still hasn’t found that elite level we’re used to seeing her at. This weekend at the Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic, she did show positive signs of returning to full form, however. In Plain’s complete game against Wisconsin, she had one rough inning and allowed three runs, but she tied her career-high in strikeouts (15) to give the Huskies a chance in their eventual walk-off win against the Badgers.

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    Alyssa Barrera

    Utah OF

    2020 Stats: .500 BA, 1.349 OPS, 3 HR, 11 RBI, 11 R
    How have the Utah Utes started 10-2 this season? One big reason has been the bat of Alyssa Barrera. Quietly, Barrera has matched the amount of times she’s gotten hits and outs for her stellar average this season. She also leads the team in hits, home runs, RBI and total bases. Barrera’s weekend at the Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic totaled eight hits in three games and five RBI against UC Riverside.

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    Alyssa Palomino-Cardoza

    Arizona OF

    2020 Stats: .375 BA, 1.219 OPS, 4 2B, 5 HR, 20 RBI
    Palomino-Cardoza didn’t have a stellar weekend in California. In five games, she had four hits, with only one going for extra bases. Her individual performance factored into the Wildcats scoring just two runs in three of their games at the Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic.

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    Kindra Hackbarth

    Arizona State OF

    2020 Stats: .377 BA, 1.144 OPS, 2 HR, 17 RBI, 7 2B, 3B, 20 R
    Hackbarth, much like the entire Arizona State lineup, started the Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic strong. In games against Auburn, San Diego and New Mexico, Hackbarth totaled five hits, five RBI and scored four times. Her production dropped off during the following three contests with Florida, Notre Dame and Cal State Fullerton, however, as she only had a pair of hits and scored once.

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    Jessie Harper

    Arizona INF

    2020 Stats: .366 BA, 1.251 OPS, 5 HR, 13 RBI, 14 R
    Similar to Palomino-Cardoza, Harper probably wished for a better weekend in California, but was still productive despite going hitless in her team's last two games. She blasted home runs against Missouri and San Diego State. Harper also walked four times, including twice intentionally against Florida. Not included in her stats were the home runs she hit against Team USA’s Cat Osterman and Ally Carda last Tuesday.

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    Haley Cruse

    Oregon OF

    2020 Stats: .478 BA, 1.241 OPS, 25 R, 3 2B, 2 3B, HR, 12 RBI
    Cruse had quite the weekend in California for the Ducks. She racked up 12 hits, four for extra bases, scored 10 runs, drove in six herself and probably added thousands more TikTok views. She’s been good up to this point, but this weekend finally pushed herself into these rankings. She’s a big reason the Ducks proved they’re winning because of talent and not a soft schedule, as they collected wins over Northwestern, Notre Dame and Mississippi State.

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    Kelley Lynch

    Washington UTL/P

    2020 Stats: .300 BA, 1.196 OPS, 2B, 5 HR, 16 RBI / 3-0, 3.45 ERA, 24.1 IP, 25 SO
    Lynch made a name for herself at the Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic. She smashed three home runs, with two being walk-off bombs against Wisconsin and Northwestern. Her overall numbers don’t pop off like others on this list, but a weekend with monumental hits and 8.2 quality innings of work against Oklahoma and Northwestern earned her the No. 10 ranking.


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