Top 10 Division 1 Pitchers Of The Month
SA ranked the top 10 Division 1 softball pitchers for the month of March.
See the full list below.
- 1Last: 2
2021 stats (as of 3/28/21): 14-0, 0.91 ERA, 178 SO, 100 IP
Notes: Plain has been great all season. Outside of one start against Arizona State, the Washington ace hasn't allowed more than two runs in any other appearance this season. She pitched all 14 innings of the Huskies' two-game sweep of Arizona and struck out a career-high 16 in the first win versus the Wildcats. She posted double-digit strikeouts five times in March.
- 2Last: 1
Keely RochardVirginia TechNotes:
2021 stats (as of 3/28/21): 15-2, 0.84 ERA, 156 SO, 100 IP
Notes: Pitt found out the hard way how good Keely Rochard is. The junior pitcher struck out 19 batters in back-to-back games against the Panthers. In 20 innings against Louisville, Rochard only surrendered two earned runs the entire four-game series. She earned NFCA Pitcher of the Week honors in March for the second time this season.
2021 stats (as of 3/28/21): 17-2, 1.08 ERA, 133 SO, 117 IP
Notes: As good as the Razorback offense has been this season, Mary Haff has been an essential part in the team's great start to the year. In Arkansas' nine SEC victories, Haff has earned six wins and two saves. She pitched in every game in both the South Carolina and Mississippi State series.
- 4Last: 6
2021 stats (as of 3/28/21): 12-1, 1.07 ERA, 69 SO, 84.2 IP
Notes: Hightower continues to prove she's worthy of the ace title. In March, she was able to stifle the offenses of Florida State, Kentucky, Mississippi State and LSU. She had four complete-game shutouts in the month. She's established herself as the go-to arm for Tim Walton.
2021 stats (as of 3/28/21): 11-4, 1.12 ERA, 128 SO, 81 IP
Notes: Rogers has returned to form after missing last season due to injury. In March, she had quality outings against Texas A&M, LSU, Alabama and Kennesaw State, helping to lead the Lady Vols to their biggest wins of the season. She's one of few pitchers to already eclipse the 100 strikeout mark.
- 6Last: 3
2021 stats (as of 3/28/21): 10-1, 0.90 ERA, 90 SO, 60.1 IP
Notes: Faraimo really held it down as UCLA awaited Rachel Garcia's return from injury. The best pitcher from 2020 had a stellar month of March, as she only allowed one earned run in 31.1 innings. She had double-digit strikeouts against UC San Diego, UNLV and Arizona State.
2021 stats (as of 3/28/21): 13-3, 1.04 ERA, 101 SO, 100.2 IP
Notes: Cagle has done it all for Clemson this season, including being extraordinary in the circle. She dominated Virginia to start the month and later threw an 11-inning shutout against Louisville. Despite the Tigers only splitting the series against Duke, Cagle gave her team everything she could. She threw in every game, limiting Duke to three earned runs in 17 innings.
- 8Last: 7
2021 stats (as of 3/28/21): 10-2, 1.45 ERA, 122 SO, 77.1 IP
Notes: Fouts started March off with a complete-game shutout against Mississippi State that included 16 strikeouts. She threw really well against South Alabama, Auburn and Tennessee as well. She appears to be closer to her freshman-year form and is a big reason why Alabama has had the season it's had thus far.
- 9 –Last: 9
Carrie EberleOklahoma StateNotes:
2021 stats (as of 3/28/21): 10-1, 0.61 ERA, 65 SO, 69.1 IP
Notes: Eberle missed a good portion of March, but returned when Oklahoma State needed her the most. In 32 innings of work, she only allowed one earned run to the opposition. She and Kelly Maxwell combined to throw a perfect game on March 24 against North Texas.
Hailey DolciniFresno StateNotes:
2021 stats (as of 3/28/21): 10-3, 1.09 ERA, 121 SO, 83.1 IP
Notes: In mid-March, Dolcini had five straight games with double-digit strikeouts. She threw her second no-hitter of the season on March 20 against San Jose State. The senior has also won four consecutive Mountain West Pitcher of the Week honors. She's gone 10-1 in decisions since starting the season 0-2.