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May 19, 2024

Cagle, Clark and Moore Garner NFCA Honors

CLEMSON, S.C. – On Saturday afternoon, Clemson Softball’s Valerie Cagle (Yorktown, Va.), McKenzie Clark (Myakka City, Fla.) and Maddie Moore (Loomis, Calif.) were named National FastPitch Coaches Association (NFCA) All-Region Southeast selections. Cagle leads the Tigers with a First Team selection, with both Clark and Moore adding Second Team honors. Cagle’s selection as a utility/pitcher is the fourth of her career, while Clark’s outfield selection is the second of her career and first since 2021. The 2024 honor is Moore’s first-ever NFCA selection. The trio of Tigers mark the most single-season selections that Clemson has garnered through the program’s short five-year infancy and have helped the team to its fourth NCAA postseason appearance.

NFCA Release | 2024 D1 All-Region Teams

Most recently, Cagle was the No. 1 overall draft pick in the Athletes Unlimited College Softball Draft on Tuesday of this week. She is the first female student-athlete in Clemson history to be taken first overall in their respective sport’s professional draft. She garnered her fourth career All-ACC honor after being selected to the third team last week. Ranked as the top two-way player by Softball America in March, the utility/pitcher was selected to the USA Softball Women’s National Team Japan All-Star Series roster. The reigning USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year finished the 2024 campaign with a .338 average, with a .568 slugging percentage and .409 on-base percentage. She recorded 50 hits – seven home runs, seven doubles and three triples – through 44 games and tallied a team-high 42 RBIs with 27 runs scored. A dual threat, Cagle held a 2.54 ERA through 24 appearances with eight wins and two saves. Through 96.1 innings of work, she has struck out 101 while only allowing 35 earned runs. 

Clark was a Second Team All-ACC selection after averaging .365 at the plate, including .363 in ACC action. During her senior campaign, Clark put up 61 hits, including tying Moore with a team-high 10 home runs, eight doubles and four triples, for a .641 slugging percentage and .477 on-base percentage. She led the Tigers with 53 runs scored and contributed a career-high 41 RBIs and had been walked 29 times. She concluded her career with two hits, including a triple and a two-run homer with one walk against Southeastern Louisiana on Saturday. Earlier this season against Duke, Clark stole her 46th-career base to hold the Clemson career record outright. She started in centerfield in 226 games, including 54 this season.

Moore, a junior, was a First Team All-ACC selection and was ranked as the No. 7 second baseman by Softball America earlier this season. The Tigers’ hitter accumulated a .368 average – including a team-high .438 in ACC play, a .639 slugging percentage and a .477 on-base percentage through 155 at-bats. She contributed 57 hits that includes tying Clark with a team-high 10 home runs, seven doubles and two triples. She recorded 39 RBIs, scored 38 runs and stolen a team-high 15 bases, which ranked in the top 10 in the ACC. The dynamic player has started at both second base and shortstop in 53 games this season. 

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