2022 Preseason College Top 100
Softball America's 2022 Preseason College Top 100 will provide you with what you need to know about the college game's biggest stars.
See SA's Preseason College Top 100 below.
- 1Last: 19
Jocelyn AloOklahoma UTLNotes:
2021 stats: .475 BA, 87 H, 71 R, 34 HR, 89 RBI
Notes: Alo returns after one of the most prolific offensive seasons in NCAA history, during which she led Oklahoma to its fifth national title. She needs just seven home runs in 2022 to tie Lauren Chamberlain's NCAA record for dingers.
- 2Last: 53
Montana FoutsAlabama PNotes:
2021 stats: 27-4, 1.61 ERA, 213.1 IP, 349 SO
Notes: Fouts enters the 2022 season fresh off being named to Team USA. She led Alabama to an SEC title last year, as well as a strong run at the WCWS.
Tiare JenningsOklahoma INFNotes:
2021 stats: .462 BA, 91 H, 81 R, 27 HR, 92 RBI
Notes: Jennings had one of the best seasons of any freshman in NCAA history last spring. She was a first-team All-American, as well as SA's Freshman of the Year in 2021.
- 4Last: 5
Gabbie PlainWashington PNotes:
2021 stats: 32-4, 1.45 ERA, 237.1 IP, 337 SO
Notes: Plain will look to use her final collegiate season to cement herself among the pitching greats in college softball history. Fresh off an Olympic run with Team Australia, Plain is poised for tremendous success in 2022.
- 5Last: 9
Keely RochardVirginia Tech PNotes:
2021 stats: 29-10, 1.38 ERA, 244 IP, 348 SO
Notes: Rochard is back for Virginia Tech after helping the Hokies come within one win of the WCWS in 2021. She will undoubtedly be one of the most feared pitchers in college softball this spring.
- 6Last: 12
Janae JeffersonTexas INFNotes:
2021 stats: .446 BA, 75 H, 8 2B, 5 HR, 26 RBI
Notes: Jefferson enters the 2022 season fresh off earning a spot on Team USA this winter. She'll once again be the spark plug of a dangerous Texas lineup.
- 7Last: 2
Miranda ElishOklahoma State PNotes:
2020 stats (did not play in 2021): 11-3, 1.25 ERA, 84 IP, 96 SO / .370 BA, 7 2B, 4 HR, 19 RBI
Notes: Elish returns to college softball after a one-year hiatus in 2021. The former Oregon Duck and Texas Longhorn brings one of the most complete skill sets in the country to Oklahoma State this spring.
- 8 –Last: 8
Megan FaraimoUCLA PNotes:
2021 stats: 19-3, 1.10 ERA, 133.1 IP, 184 SO
Notes: Now the undeniable ace for the Bruins, Faraimo has a wealth of experience heading into 2022. UCLA will go as she goes this spring.
Jayda ColemanOklahoma UTLNotes:
2021 stats: .444 BA, 76 H, 70 R, 11 2B, 9 HR, 53 RBI
Notes: Last season, Coleman proved to be one of the most electrifying freshmen in college softball history. She will undoubtedly be the catalyst that sparks Oklahoma once again.
- 10Last: 7
Aaliyah JordanUCLA OFNotes:
2021 stats: .317 BA, 45 H, 36 R, 9 2B, 8 HR, 33 RBI
Notes: Jordan, UCLA's queen of doubles, didn't have monster numbers in 2021, but we expect her to return to full form in 2022 and display the type of gap power we saw from her each season prior.
- 11Last: 14
Charla EcholsFlorida INFNotes:
2021 stats: .375 BA, 60 H, 11 2B, 15 HR, 55 RBI
Notes: Echols, now a member of Team USA, is one of the best all-around players in the country. She is likely to lead Florida, once again, in several offensive categories in 2022.
- 12Last: 29
Kinzie HansenOklahoma CNotes:
2021 stats: .438 BA, 78 H, 9 2B, 24 HR, 66 RBI
Notes: Hansen backs up her intimidating presence in the batter's box with her otherworldly numbers for Oklahoma. The Sooner slugger also earned a spot on Team USA this winter.
Haley LeeTexas A&M C/UTLNotes:
2021 stats: .422 BA, 65 H, 7 2B, 25 HR, 51 RBI
Notes: Lee returns to the diamond after being named SA's Most Improved Player in 2021. She set single-season program records for home runs and slugging percentage last spring, and tied for the most home runs in the SEC.
- 14Last: 21
Baylee KlinglerWashington INFNotes:
2021 stats: .416 BA, 72 H, 17 2B, 16 HR, 53 RBI
Notes: Klingler continued her run of success at Washington in 2021. She became the first Husky since Ali Aguilar in 2017 with 50 runs scored and 50 RBI in the same season.
Ashley RogersTennessee PNotes:
2021 stats: 26-10, 1.32 ERA, 217.1 IP, 296 SO
Notes: Rogers returned to form in 2021 after recovering from an injury that sidelined her for 2020. She finished the season as the SEC leader in ERA (1.32), opposing batting average (.132) and innings pitched (217.1).
- 16Last: 70
Taylor PleasantsLSU INFNotes:
2021 stats: .316 BA, 56 H, 12 2B, 13 HR, 49 RBI
Notes: Pleasants, who is a member of Team USA for 2022, is one of the most athletic infielders in the country. We expect even bigger numbers from her this season.
- 17Last: 33
Briana PerezUCLA INFNotes:
2021 stats: .353 BA, 60 H, 10 2B, 5 3B, 13 HR, 41 RBI
Notes: Perez is one of the most underrated talents in the country and has been throughout her college career to date. She has been consistently great for UCLA and we expect her to continue to be in 2022.
- 18Last: 36
Maya BradyUCLA UTLNotes:
2021 stats: .333 BA, 45 H, 7 2B, 14 HR, 38 RBI
Notes: After bursting onto the college softball scene in 2020, Brady continued her consistency in 2021 for the Bruins. She is undoubtedly one of the best young stars in the game today.
- 19Last: 38
Valerie CagleClemson P/UTLNotes:
2021 stats: 28-7, 1.16 ERA, 216.2 IP, 267 SO / .404 BA, 63 H, 12 2B, 17 HR, 45 RBI
Notes: Cagle enters the 2022 season as the best two-way player in college softball. As one of the most dangerous bats and arms in the country, we expect her to lead Clemson to new heights once again.
- 20Last: 87
Kathryn SandercockFlorida State PNotes:
2021 stats: 27-4, 1.25 ERA, 178.2 IP, 127 SO
Notes: Sandercock led Florida State to a runner-up finish at the Women's College World Series in 2021. With two years of eligibility remaining, she is just getting started for the Seminoles.
Alex StorakoMichigan PNotes:
2021 stats: 22-3, 1.05 ERA, 146 IP, 270 SO
Notes: Storako enters 2022 as the reigning Big Ten Pitcher of the Year. She is a part of one of the best one-two pitching punches in the country that is poised to lead Michigan to a deep postseason run.
Janelle MeoñoArizona OFNotes:
2021 stats: .439 BA, 72 H, 45 R, 9 2B, 1 HR, 9 RBI
Notes: Meoño was the Pac-12 Freshman of the Year and Batting Champion in 2021. With three years of NCAA eligibility remaining, the sky's the limit for Meoño.
Hayley BusbyOklahoma State OFNotes:
2021 stats: .376 BA, 62 H, 33 R, 12 2B, 19 HR, 49 RBI
Notes: Busby has flourished as a transfer at Oklahoma State. And we expect her to continue to shine in the heart of the Cowgirls' lineup in 2022.
Jordyn BahlOklahoma PNotes:
2021 stats (high school): 27-0, 0.10 ERA, 137 IP, 316 SO / .510 BA, 20 HR
Notes: Bahl cracks our Top 25 before ever even throwing a single pitch for Oklahoma in a regular-season game. The top recruit in the country is certainly not the typical college softball newcomer.
- 25Last: 46
Meghan BeaubienMichigan PNotes:
2021 stats: 16-5, 1.24 ERA, 152.1 IP, 202 SO
Notes: Beaubien has had quite a career in the circle for the Wolverines. The former Big Ten Pitcher of the Year has one more season to attempt to lead Michigan back to the WCWS.