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Top 10 Division 1 Pitchers Of February

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SA ranked the top 10 Division 1 softball pitchers for the month of February.

See the full list below.

Updated on: 3/1/2023
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    Megan Faraimo


    2023 stats (as of 2/27/23): 9-1, 1.55 ERA, 91 SO, 49.2 IP
    Notes: Three of the righthander's wins in February came against Florida, Alabama and Florida State. In those ranked wins, Faraimo struck out a combined 31 batters. Not only did Faraimo beat the Gators, but she also no-hit them, marking her seventh career no-hitter and first against a ranked opponent. The reigning Pac-12 Pitcher of the Year had three double-digit strikeout performances with a high of 13 against both Cal State Fullerton and Liberty. Faraimo's one blemish in February came in a loss to Oklahoma.

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    Kelly Maxwell

    Oklahoma State

    2023 stats (as of 2/27/23): 5-0, 1.53 ERA, 58 SO, 32 IP
    Notes: Maxwell made it clear that she's on a mission this year to take Oklahoma State a step further and into the national championship series. In February, the southpaw averaged almost two strikeouts per inning pitched—she had 58 strikeouts in 32 innings. Her best win of the month came against Texas A&M at the Clearwater Elite Invitational. Against the Aggies, Maxwell retired 12 batters via the strikeout in six innings pitched, allowing no runs. She also threw shutouts against Oregon—in which she struck out a season-high 15 batters—and Ole Miss. Maxwell had four double-digit strikeout performances in February.

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    Dariana Orme


    2023 stats (as of 2/27/23): 5-1, .88 ERA, 36 SO, 32 IP
    Notes: The win of the month came from the arm of Orme, as she beat No. 1 Oklahoma to mark the Sooners' first loss before the month of April dating back to the COVID-shortened 2020 season. In her win against Oklahoma, Orme pitched four innings with a pair of strikeouts and one unearned run allowed. She followed that performance with an 11-strikeout no-hitter against Maryland. She also picked up wins against Southern Utah and SFA. Orme's lone loss in February came against Arkansas.

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    Valerie Cagle


    2023 stats (as of 2/27/23): 6-1, .83 ERA, 51 SO, 42.1 IP
    Notes: Cagle was dynamic at the plate in February, and just as impressive in the circle, as she downed Georgia and Northwestern. Against the Bulldogs, she gave up one run in a complete-game effort, allowing just four hits with an equal number of strikeouts. Northwestern was fanned seven times when facing Cagle and only scored a pair of runs. Cagle also recorded a save against Northwestern the following day. She's held batters to a .174 batting average so far this season, and has only given up two extra-base hits. The only team able to best Cagle to date was Tennessee, 1-0.

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    Alana Vawter


    2023 stats (as of 2/27/23): 6-1, 1.24 ERA, 45 SO, 51 IP
    Notes: Vawter made a name for herself last year by eliminating Alabama in the Tuscaloosa Regional and has kept that momentum going into the 2023 season. Her most impressive and ranked win in February came against Georgia. Not only was she able to beat the Bulldogs, but she also completely silenced their prolific offense. In the 10-inning win, she only allowed one run and gave up six hits with four strikeouts. Her lone loss of the season came to Duke in the season's opening weekend. Vawter posted a season-high of nine strikeouts against Boise State on Feb. 26 and has held opponents to a .192 batting average so far this season.

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    Chenise Delce


    2023 stats (as of 2/27/23): 7-1, 1.45 ERA, 48 SO, 38.2 IP
    Notes: The reigning SEC Pitcher of the Year ended the month with her best performance of the season, downing Arizona twice. In her first win against the Wildcats, Delce only gave up a pair of earned runs on four hits and struck out a season-high 12 batters. She then pitched 3.1 innings, allowing no runs with five strikeouts to tally her second win against Arizona of the month. Her other ranked win came against Baylor on opening weekend. Delce only allowed one earned run in 3.1 innings of work against the Bears. Delce's other four wins in February came against Louisiana, UNLV and Drake twice. Florida State was the only team to beat Delce in February.

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    Alex Storako


    2023 stats (as of 2/27/23): 4-0, .34 ERA, 26 SO, 20.2 IP
    Notes: Storako has helped the Sooners stay on top of the college softball world heading into March, as she beat the then-No. 1 UCLA Bruins in the Mary Nutter Classic to help Oklahoma reclaim the top spot in the polls. In her outing against UCLA, Storako went five innings, allowing three hits with five punchouts, no walks and no runs allowed. Her other ranked win of the month came against Stanford during opening weekend. The impact transfer struck out six Cardinal batters in 5.2 innings of work, while allowing one earned run on a trio of hits. Storako tallied a season-high eight strikeouts against Stephen F. Austin on Feb. 18.

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    Cassidy Curd


    2023 stats (as of 2/27/23): 4-0, .77 ERA, 33 SO, 23.1 IP
    Notes: In the toughest tournament in February, the Clearwater Elite Invitational, the freshman shined brighter than the Florida sun. She beat a pair of ranked teams in Arkansas and UCF. Against the Razorbacks, she struck out eight batters in 3.1 innings of work and gave up just one run. Curd kept the Knights off the scoreboard, as she pitched 3.2 innings of shutout ball with three strikeouts. She also came on in relief against Alabama and didn't give up a run in 4.1 innings with five strikeouts. Following the Clearwater Elite Invitational, Curd struck out a career-high 10 batters in a win over Campbell. Curd's other win in February came against San Jose State.

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    Montana Fouts


    2023 stats (as of 2/27/23): 6-1, 2.44 ERA, 71 SO, 43 IP
    Notes: Fouts tallied a trio of ranked wins in the month of February coming against UCF, Florida State and Duke. The graduate student looked to get stronger as the month progressed, which was highlighted by a seven-strikeout and one-run complete-game effort against the Seminoles at the Clearwater Elite Invitational. Thirty one of Fouts' 71 strikeouts in February came against ranked opponents. Her lone loss of the month came against UCLA.

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    Jordy Bahl


    2023 stats (as of 2/27/23): 4-1, 2.66 ERA, 36 SO, 29 IP
    Notes: While the sophomore didn't post the jaw-dropping stats we're accustomed to from her, it was still a solid month for Bahl. Two of her four wins on the year thus far came during the season's opening weekend against top 25 opponents Washington and Duke. Against the Blue Devils, she pitched a four-hit shutout with eight strikeouts. Bahl's other shutout performance this season came against Longwood. Her loss came to Baylor on the road in Waco, Texas.


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