2021 'Way Too Early' College Top 100
Softball America's 2021 'Way Too Early' College Top 100 will provide you with what you need to know about the college game's biggest stars.
See SA's 'Way Too Early' College Top 100 below.
Rachel GarciaUCLA P/UTLNotes:
2019 stats (did not play in 2020): 29-1, 1.14 ERA, 202 IP, 286 SO / .343 BA, 9 2B, 11 HR, 57 RBI, 1.048 OPS
Notes: Garcia returns after a one-year hiatus due to Olympic training. The two-time National Player of the Year will use her final collegiate season to cement herself as one of the best college softball players in history.
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Miranda ElishTexas P/UTLNotes:
2020 stats: 11-3, 1.25 ERA, 84 IP, 96 SO / .370 BA, 7 2B, 4 HR, 19 RBI, 1.200 OPS
Notes: The Longhorns will need Elish to pick up where she left off in 2020 in order to compete for a national championship. She should have more help in the circle in 2021 with the offseason addition of transfer Molly Jacobsen.
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Jessie HarperArizona INFNotes:
2020 stats: .395 BA, 30 H, 10 HR, 29 RBI, 1.318 OPS
Notes: Harper will continue her chase toward Lauren Chamberlain's NCAA softball home run record in 2021.
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Kindra HackbarthArizona State OFNotes:
2020 stats: .443 BA, 39 H, 32 R, 11 2B, 6 HR, 27 RBI, 1.295 OPS, 10 SB
Notes: The offensive leader of the potent Sun Devil lineup, Hackbarth will look to lead Arizona State back to Oklahoma City in 2021.
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Gabbie PlainWashington PNotes:
2020 stats: 10-2, 2.76 ERA, 66 IP, 94 SO
Notes: Plain will attempt to bounce back from a slow start in 2020 and help the Huskies try to get that elusive championship.
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Sis BatesWashington INFNotes:
2020 stats: .529 BA, 27 H, 5 2B, 17 R, 1.241 OPS, 6 SB
Notes: After missing a chunk of the shortened 2020 season due to injury, Bates gets another shot at her senior season to display her highlight reel of plays.
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Aaliyah JordanUCLA OFNotes:
2020 stats: .435 BA, 13 2B, 2 HR, 27 RBI, 1.262 OPS
Notes: Jordan looks to continue her dominance at the plate for the Bruins in 2021 after a stellar shortened 2020 season.
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Megan FaraimoUCLA PNotes:
2020 stats: 13-1, 0.85 ERA, 90.1 IP, 149 SO
Notes: There's no doubt Faraimo was the best player in college softball in 2020. The only question is how her role changes for UCLA in 2021 with Garcia's return.
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Keely RochardVirginia Tech PNotes:
2020 stats: 15-3, 1.52 ERA, 120 IP, 183 SO
Notes: Rochard was a force in the circle for the Hokies in 2020 and will look to compete for the best pitcher in the country title in 2021.
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Natalie DenHartogMinnesota UTLNotes:
2020 stats: .429 BA, 5 2B, 7 HR, 28 RBI, 1.303 OPS
Notes: DenHartog has produced at a high level for Minnesota in her first two years. The Gophers will need her to do the same thing in year three.
Dejah MulipolaArizona CNotes:
2019 stats (did not play in 2020): .311 BA, 7 2B, 23 HR, 55 RBI, 1.234 OPS
Notes: Arizona gets back one of the best power bats and players behind the plate with Mulipola's return from Olympic training in 2020.
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Janae JeffersonTexas INFNotes:
2020 stats: .554 BA, 41 H, 6 2B, 30 R, 1.296 OPS, 10 SB
Notes: Jefferson will look to continue to be the igniter of the Texas offense in 2021.
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Alyssa Palomino-CardozaArizona UTLNotes:
2020 stats: .373 BA, 7 2B, 7 HR, 26 RBI, 1.263 OPS
Notes: Palomino-Cardoza returns to the Wildcats for another season to help lead a veteran and freshmen led group.
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Charla EcholsFlorida INFNotes:
2020 stats: .417 BA, 5 2B, 8 HR, 28 RBI, 1.242 OPS
Notes: Florida will want to see the same Echols from the 2020 season after the Michigan State transfer was one of the best bats in the country.
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Alysen FebreyOklahoma State INFNotes:
2020 stats: .381 BA, 5 2B, 11 HR, 32 RBI, 1.417 OPS
Notes: Febrey will return for Oklahoma State in 2021 and bring with her a newfound power stroke.
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Brooke YanezOregon PNotes:
2020 stats: 9-1, 1.56 ERA, 62.2 IP, 94 SO
Notes: Yanez didn't get a taste of Pac-12 play in 2020, but the conference will see one of the best pitchers in the country in 2021.
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Carrie EberleOklahoma State PNotes:
2020 stats: 10-1, 0.46 ERA, 76 IP, 68 SO
Notes: Eberle showed off her star power in her short experience with Oklahoma State in 2020 and hopes to do the same in 2021.
Bubba NicklesUCLA UTLNotes:
2019 stats (did not play in 2020): .390 BA, 12 2B, 18 HR, 72 RBI, 1.172 OPS
Notes: Nickles returns to UCLA after training with the U.S. Olympic team in 2020 to create one of the most talented rosters in college softball history.
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Jocelyn AloOklahoma UTLNotes:
2020 stats: .427 BA, 5 2B, 8 HR, 21 RBI, 1.319 OPS
Notes: The Sooners' lineup will have Alo's power bat back for another season in 2021.
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Kendyl LindamanFlorida C/INFNotes:
2020 stats: .410 BA, 7 HR, 22 RBI, 1.256 OPS
Notes: The Gators and Lindaman showed off their offensive power in 2020 and will look to do the same in 2021.
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Baylee KlinglerWashington INFNotes:
2020 stats: .481 BA, 8 2B, 5 HR, 33 RBI, 1.296 OPS
Notes: Klingler ended 2020 as the hottest hitter in the country, and she hopes to take that momentum with her into the 2021 season.
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Haley CruseOregon OFNotes:
2020 stats: .457 BA, 37 H, 4 2B, 30 R, 1.135 OPS, 15 SB
Notes: The Ducks get the TikTok queen back for another season, as Cruse will attempt to guide Oregon's offense in 2021.
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Tristen EdwardsNebraska OFNotes:
2020 stats: .434 BA, 28 R, 10 2B, 11 HR, 22 RBI, 1.482 OPS
Notes: Edwards showed otherworldly power numbers in 2020 and will look to do the same in 2021.
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KB SidesAlabama OFNotes:
2020 stats: .483 BA, 28 H, 4 2B, 20 R, 22 RBI, 1.128 OPS
Notes: Sides was one of the hardest outs in the SEC last season, and hopes to continue that trend for Alabama in 2021.
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Kate GordonJames Madison OFNotes:
2020 stats: .557 BA, 34 H, 10 HR, 21 RBI, 1.807 OPS
Notes: Gordon finished 2020 with the highest batting average in the country, and will look to make the most of her second chance at a senior season in 2021.