Five College Pitchers We Expect To Bust Out In 2022
As we approach the 2022 college softball season, there are several pitchers who hope to break out this spring.
The players chosen for this list are those who proved in years prior how dominant they can be, but still have room to grow and could have the most memorable season of their careers in 2022.
See our list below.
Erin Edmoundson, now a fifth-year senior, had a down year for her in 2021. She ended the campaign with a 5.86 ERA in 121.1 innings pitched with Texas Tech. In previous years, Edmoundson was dominant in the circle.
In the shortened 2020 season, she struck out 93 batters with an ERA of 1.42. Her sophomore year earned her a spot on the All-Region second team, as she collected 20 wins. For 2022, she’ll have fresh start with Tennessee after transferring to the program this summer. The Lady Vols hope Edmoundson gets back to her winning ways as she pairs with ace Ashley Rogers.
It’s been an up-and-down ride for University of South Carolina pitcher Kelsey Oh. She stormed into the softball world her freshman year with a 1.92 ERA in 138.2 innings pitched, including 135 strikeouts. Her 10 complete games and 14-5 record in 2018 resulted in her being a part of the SEC All-Freshman Team.
In 2019, the results weren’t quite the same, as she posted a 3.73 ERA in 18 appearances. She was off to a stellar start in 2020 with a 2.14 ERA and 51 strikeouts in 32.2 innings pitched, however, a foot injury ended her season prematurely just before the entire season was canceled due to the Covid-19 pandemic. She struggled a bit again in 2021, posting a 4.12 ERA and just 28 strikeouts in 74.2 innings pitched. She could be a candidate to rebound in 2022, as she heads into her final year of NCAA eligibility.
The 2021 season wasn’t a bad year by any means for Makinzy Herzog. She posted a 2.94 ERA, while striking out 121 batters in 19 games started. She was clutch at the plate as well, finishing second on the team with 13 homers.
In the circle, however, she’s proven in the past to be even more dominant than she was in 2021. During her freshman year, she went 10-2 with a 1.56 ERA in 20 appearances. She was off to an excellent start in 2020, having started four games with a 0.82 ERA. Herzog will look to have a bigger role in 2022 like she did her freshman year, as she continues to partner with Kayla Poynter in the circle next season.
Neleman will be heading into her junior year next season after being the top pitcher for the Yellow Jackets in 2021. She posted a 3.87 ERA in 20 games started. Neleman put up ridiculous numbers as a true freshman, bolstering a 1.45 ERA and winning all nine games she started before the season was canceled by the pandemic.
Although the 2020 campaign was cut short, Neleman threw just 44 innings less than she did last spring. We expect her to help Georgia Tech improve this year as the team's ace.
In her freshman season, Holloway put up stellar numbers. She went 22-15 with 179 strikeouts in 228 innings pitched. That season earned her All-Region first-team honors, while also being selected to the All-ACC second team.
In 2019, she pitched in almost half as many innings with an ERA of 3.32. In 2020, she was on pace to have her best year for the Irish with a 1.09 ERA in 83.2 innings before the season was canceled. Last season, Holloway pitched to a 2.79 ERA in 30 appearances.
In what will be her fifth year at Notre Dame, Holloway could pitch a significant number of innings again with a team that is expected to play postseason softball.