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#72 Valerie Cagle

Valerie Cagle - Softball - Clemson University Athletics
* Fr.
Yorktown, Va.
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  • USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year Top 10 Finalist
  • NFCA National Freshman of the Year Top-3 finalist
  • NFCA First Team All-American
  • JWOS First Team All-American
  • NFCA All-Region Southeast selection
  • ACC Player of the Year
  • ACC Freshman of the Year
  • First player in league history garner ACC Player or Pitcher of the Year, while also earning Freshman-of-the-Year honors
  • First Team All-ACC selection
  • ACC All-Freshman Team selection
  • ACC All-Tournament Team selection
  • Tabbed the No. 4 positional player in the nation for the month of April, according to Softball America
  • Tabbed the No. 2 pitcher in the nation for the month of April, according to Softball America
  • JWOS Co-Player of the Week (April 27)
  • ACC Player of the Week (April 27)
  • NFCA Pitcher of the Week (April 20)
  • ACC Pitcher of the Week (April 20)
  • Pitched her second career complete-game no-hitter (7 inn.) in 6-0 win over Boston College (April 18)
  • Tossed her first career complete-game no-hitter (5 inn.) in Clemson’s 9-0 win over Winthrop (April 13)
  • ACC Pitcher of the Week (April 7)
  • Tabbed the No. 7 pitcher in the nation for the month of March, according to Softball America
  • ACC Player of the Week (March 24)
  • NFCA Player of the Week (March 23)
  • Earned her then-second career win in the circle against a ranked opponent after defeating then-No. 14 Virginia Tech (Feb. 18)
  • Recorded a pair of two-run home runs, including a game winner in the top of the seventh, at North Florida (Feb. 12) before entering the circle in the bottom of the seventh to earn her first career save
  • Preseason All-ACC selection
  • Preseason Second Team All-American
  • Softball America Preseason Second Team All-American
  • Ranked the No. 2 freshman in the country entering the season, according to Softball America
  • JWOS Second Team Preseason All-American


  • Started in all 27 games, including a team-high 13 starts in the circle
  • Hit .376, tallied 10 home runs and five doubles in 93 at bats
  • Only freshman in the country to tally at least 10 home runs
  • Tenth in the nation and second in the ACC in home runs
  • Second in the nation and led the ACC with 36 RBIs
  • Only player to earn ACC Player of the Week honors twice (Feb. 18 & March 3)
  • Justin’s World JWOS Player of the Week (March 3)
  • Recorded the Tigers’ first-ever home run at Clemson Softball Stadium in game No. 2 of CU’s doubleheader against Western Carolina (Feb. 12)
  • One of four players in the nation to record eight RBIs in a single game (Maryland, Feb. 15)
  • Posted a team-high two grand slams on the season, which she achieved against Maryland (Feb. 15) and Virginia (March 1)
  • First Clemson player to ever reach base safely in its inaugural game against St. John’s (Feb. 7)
  • Recorded the program’s first-ever save against Pittsburgh (March 7)
  • Hit a walkoff solo home run in the bottom of the seventh against Virginia (Feb.28) to help CU secure its first-ever ACC victory
  • Pitched a complete game in CU’s first win over a ranked opponent against then-No. 14 Georgia (Feb. 26)
  • Allowed just three hits and recorded 20-of-21 outs within the infield against the ranked Bulldogs
  • Did not earn a loss in the circle in her last nine appearances of the season
  • Posted a team-high eight complete games in the circle
  • Registered her first career complete-game shutout, which included 11 strikeouts in 6.0 innings of work, against Presbyterian College (March 10)
  • ACC Academic Honor Roll recipient

Note: Due to COVID-19, the Clemson Softball inaugural season was cut short (27 games played)


  • Enrolled at Clemson as a freshman

Before Clemson

  • Hit .525 and added eight home runs for her travel team, the Hanover Hornets
  • Pitched 57 innings with and achieved an ERA of 0.00 and added 80 strikeouts


  • Born Valerie Rose Cagle on Jan. 7, 2002
  • Daughter of Mark and Maria Cagle
  • Majoring in Health Science with a concentration in Preprofessional Health Studies