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#72 Valerie Cagle

Valerie Cagle - Softball - Clemson University Athletics
Position:
RHP/UTL
Height:
5-9
Class:
*So.
Hometown:
Yorktown, Va.
High School:
Homeschooled
B/T:
R-R
* - Redshirt
BIO

Career Stats  |  2021 Stats2020 Stats

2021

  • Joined Team USA’s U-18 Junior Women’s National Team
  • USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year Top 10 Finalist
  • NFCA National Freshman of the Year Top-3 finalist
  • NFCA Second 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 either ACC Player or Pitcher of the Year, while also earning ACC 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
  • Tabbed the No. 7 pitcher in the nation for the month of March, according to Softball America
  • Ranked the No. 2 freshman in the country entering the season, according to Softball America
  • JWOS Co-Player of the Week (April 27)
  • NFCA Pitcher of the Week (April 20)
  • 2x ACC Player of the Week (March 24 & April 27)
  • 2x ACC Pitcher of the Week (April 7 & 20)
  • NFCA Player of the Week (March 23)
  • One of two players to start all 52 games, started 32 games at pitcher, 11 at left field, 2 at center field, 3 at right field and 4 at designated hitter
  • Hit .404 in 156 total at-bats, with 43 runs, 12 doubles, one triple, 17 homers, a slugging percentage of .821 and an one base percentage of .492
  • Led the team in hits (63), RBIs (45), walks (27), homers (17), doubles (12), batting average (.404) and slugging percentage (.821)
  • Her 17 homers tied for first in ACC and ranked 24th nationally
  • Her .821 slugging percentage led the ACC and ranked 21st nationally
  • Her 1.16 ERA led the ACC and ranked 11th nationally, tied for first in the ACC and tied for seventh nationally in saves (5)  second in the ACC and 11th nationally in strikeouts  (267), second in the ACC in innings pitched (216.2), second in the ACC and fourth nationally in wins (28), third in the ACC in appearances (40) and second in games started (32)
  • 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)
  • 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
  • D1Softball.com Preseason Second Team All-American
  • Softball America Preseason Second Team All-American
  • JWOS Second Team Preseason All-American

2020

  • 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 walk-off 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)

2019

  • 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

Personal

  • 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

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