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Apr 29, 2021

Cagle Tabbed NFCA Freshman of the Year Top 30 Finalist

Cagle Tabbed NFCA Freshman of the Year Top 30 Finalist

CLEMSON, S.C. Clemson Softball second-year freshman ace Valerie Cagle Valerie Cagle (Yorktown, Va.) has been named a National FastPitch Coaches Association (NFCA) Division I National Freshman of the Year Top 30 finalist, the organization announced on Thursday.

NFCA Release

Cagle (23-3), a two way player for the Tigers, currently leads the ACC in ERA (0.94) and saves (5) and is tied for wins (23). She also is second in the conference in strikeouts (195) and innings pitched (163.1). Nationally, she is tied for fourth in saves (5) and is sixth in shoutouts (9). In the batter’s box, Cagle leads the Tigers in hits (51), home runs (12), doubles (11), and  slugging percentage (.806). Cagle also leads the ACC in total bases (100) and is tied for fifth in the conference in runs batted in (35). Cagle is the only player in the ACC to win at least four ACC weekly distinctions.

On May 13, the list will be trimmed down to the top 10 and the three finalists will be released on May 27. The 2021 Schutt Sports / NFCA Division I National Freshman of the Year will be announced on June 1.

In 2021, the NFCA will award National Freshman of the Year honors to a student-athlete from NCAA DI, NCAA DII, NCAA DIII and NAIA. For more information about all NFCA Awards, visit

Schutt Sports/NFCA Division I National Freshman of the Year previous winners

2020 – Award was not presented due to COVID-19

2019 – Danielle Williams, Northwestern

2018 – Jocelyn Alo, Oklahoma

2017 – Rachel Garcia, UCLA

2016 – Amanda Lorenz, Florida

2015 – Paige Parker, Oklahoma

2014 – Annie Aldrete, Tennessee & Kasey Cooper, Auburn

2021 NFCA Division I National Freshman of the Year Top 30

*Denotes Second Year

Addison Barnhard, Wichita State University

Hannah Becerra, California State University, Fullerton

Alyssa Brito, University of Oregon

Valerie Cagle, Clemson University *

Erin Coffel, University of Kentucky

Jayda Coleman, University of Oklahoma

Matalasi Faapito, New Mexico State University *

Shaylon Govan, Stephen F. Austin State University *

Cameron Fagan, Virginia Tech 

Cylie Halvorson, South Dakota State University *

Sarah Harness, Southern Illinois University at Carbondale *

Jazmine Hill, Arizona State University *

Hannah Hughbanks, Dixie State University *

Alissa Humphrey, James Madison University

Tiare Jennings, University of Oklahoma

Lexi Kilfoyl, University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa *

Tori Kniesche, South Dakota State University

Olivia Lackie, University of South Alabama

Jenna Laird, University of Missouri, Columbia

Shelby Lowe, Auburn University

Janelle Meoño, University of Arizona *

Devon Miller, Fordham University *

Kiki Milloy, University of Tennessee, Knoxville *

Sharlize Palacios, University of Arizona *

Taylor Pleasants, Louisiana State University *

Karli Spaid, Miami University 

Ashley Trierweiler, Santa Clara University *

Alana Vawter, Stanford University *

Grace Vesco, Saint Francis University (Pa.) *

Jenna Wildeman, University of Central Arkansas *

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