As we move into conference play across the country, take a look at the nation’s most impactful freshmen, the stat lines they are putting up, and the big ways they are contributing to their respective teams.
**, bold, and italicized names represent those athletes who we would expect to see on the NFCA National Freshman of the Year list that comes out in coming weeks.
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Abby Odneal – Houston
.345 batting average with three doubles, two home runs, and 12 RBIs.
Abby Settlemyre – North Carolina
.324 batting average with nine RBIs, three triples, .406 on-base, 10 walks.
Alex Storako – Michigan
2.07 ERA, 71.0 innings, and 82 Ks. If Storako can lower her earned runs (21) and free passes (31) she’s going to be a force.
Ally Miklesh – Wisconsin
.370 batting average, 16 runs scored, seven RBIs, on-base percentage of .452.
Ally Shipman – Tennesse
.328 batting average, five doubles, three home runs, and 20 RBIs.
Anna Vines – UCLA
Vines is not an “every day player” (25-11 gp-gs) but she’s taking advantage of opportunities when presented hitting .421 (8-19) with one RBI.
Baylee Klingler – Texas A&M
.316 batting average 15 RBIs.
Breanna Vasquez – Central Florida
66.1 innings, 1.37 ERA 7-3 in 13 appearances, 50 Ks.
Charla Echols – Michigan State
Batting .377 with 16 runs scored, eight doubles, two home runs, 14 RBIs, 13 walks and an on base of .488
Daisy Munoz – Cal State Fullerton
.309 batting average with four homeruns, 10 RBIs, three doubles, and a .397 on-base percentage.
**Danielle Williams – Northwestern
90.1 innings, 1.24 ERA, 13-3 in 17 appearances, 113 strike outs.
**Emily Klingaman – Stanford
Batting .279 with seven doubles, two triples, one home run, 11 RBIs, 16 walks and a .443 on base percentage.
Emily Young – Stanford
.290 batting average with three triples, seven RBIs, a .353 on-base percentage, and has scored 15 runs.
**Frankie Hammoude – Oregon State
Second on team batting .323 with seven home runs and 23 RBIs, on-base percentage of .477 while drawing 19 walks.
**Geana Torres – Mizzou
.395 in 43 Abs, three home runs, four doubles, 11 RBIs, nine walks, .500 on base percentage.
Haley Simpson – South Carolina
.302 in 25-15 gp-gs, seven RBIs, seven walks.
Jasmine Sievers – Oregon
Leading the Ducks in batting average hitting .321. Has had to step up into a much bigger role than originally expected yet she is performing well and taking it in stride.
**Jazmyn Rollins – Mizzou
.439 batting average in 41 ABS, 12 RBIs, 16 runs score, .510 on-base, four home runs.
**Jordyn Rudd – Northwestern
Team leading .342 batting average with eight doubles, two home runs, and 25 RBIs. Also holds a .419 on-base percentage.
**Kaili Phillips – Tennessee
Batting .315 with 18 runs scored, nine home runs, 25 RBIs, and nine walks for a .439 on-base percentage.
**Kayla Kowalik – Kentucky
.380 batting average with 16 RBIs, seven doubles, four triples, 14 walks, and a .490 on-base percentage.
**Kellie Godin – UCLA
Godin’s hitting a team leading .500 (24-48). Has a few less games under her belt than the rest of the line up but she is doing great and being a big contributor.
**Kelsey Bennett – Va Tech
Batting .389 with six home runs and 14 RBIs, .494 on-base percentage
**Lacey Fincher – Georgia
.362 average, five doubles, six home runs, 20 RBIs, 30 walks.
**Lexie Blair – Michigan
Batting .368 with nine doubles, 21 RBIs, and a .406 on-base percentage.
Lindsay Edwards – LA Tech
.338 average with eight RBIs and a .422 on-base percentage.
Lindsey Walljasper – Nebraska
Hitting .275 with 16 RBIs, four home runs. Walljasper is also developing in the circle for the Huskers.
Makena Smith – Cal
.317 batting average with 13 RBIs.
MaKinzy Herzog – FSU
Not an necessrily everyday player for the Noles but making an impact (23-20 gp-gs) hitting .345 with five doubles and five RBIs. She is also 4-1 in the circle with a .99 ERA through 28.1 innings of work with 27 Ks.
**Megan Faramino – UCLA
And early favorite for National Freshman of the Year Faramino holds a 1.29 ERA over 48.2 innings pitched with 66 strikes out and has only allowed nine earned runs. She is 7-1 in 11 appearances.
Megan Pierro – South Florida
Hitting .325 with 12 RBIs, three doubles, and a .415 on-base percentage.
Meghan Schoman – Kentucky
1.87 ERA over 30 innings of work, 4-0 in 10 apperances with 30 strikeouts.
**Montana Fouts – Alabama
Fouts has come out strong and played a key role in Alabama’s undefeated season thus far. Through 76.0 innings she holds a 0.74 ERA, is 11-0 with 96 strikeouts and only 11 walks. Fouts also also only allowed eight earned runs.
Mya Felder – New Mexico State
294 batting average with 10 runs scored, five double, and is second on the team in RBIs with 17. She has also drawn seven walks.
**Natalie Den Hartog – Minnesota
Den Hartog is second on the team in batting average hitting .318 batting and has about 20 less at-bats from the other starters as she didn’t join the daily lineup until week two or three of season. Since then, she holds a team leading nine home run, 26 RBI, four doubles, and one triple.
Nikki Cuchran – Norhtwestern
Hitting .310 with five doubles, 17 RBIs, and a .400 on-base percentage.
Rachel Cid – Oregon
.275 batting average, four home runs, three doubles, 16 RBIs (team leading), and a .412 on-base percentage. If she can lower her strike out numbers, watch out.
Sami Reynolds – Washington
.303 average with 11 RBIs, eight walks, and has scored 17 runs.
Sammie Stefan – Maryland
Hitting .318, eight doubles, 12 RBI.
Savana Sikes – Georgia
.282 average with seven home runs and 31 RBIs. Sikes holds a .363 on-base percentage.
**Shea O’Leary – Texas
Through 55.2 innings O’Leary has shined holding a .38 ERA in 55.2 with a 9-0 record. in 11 appearances. She has recorded 44 strike outs while only allowing eight earned runs.
Shelby Wickersham – LSU
A huge addition to the Tigers’ lineup, Wickersham has worked 55.1 innings and holds a 1.39 ERA with 28 strikes outs and a 8-1 record.
Skylar Wallace – Alabama
Hitting .329, four doubles, three home runs, 11 RBIs, with a .434 on-base percentage.
Sydeny Nester – NC State
77 innings, 1.73 ERA, 8-3 in 17 appearances, 91 strikeouts.
Sydney Sickels – Illinois
Holds a 11-2 record with a 2.87 ERA in 68.1 innings with 54 strikeouts. While the ERA may be a bit high she is doing enough to allow the powerful Illinois offense to outscore opponents and win games.
Tate Whitley – Ole Miss
.375 batting average, six RBIs.
Tayla Evans – North Texas
.354 (20-17 gp-gs) average with three home runs, 15 RBIs, and 12 walks for a .469 on-base percentage.
Teagan Shaw – Harvard
.350 average with four home runs and a team leading 12 RBIs.
**Zoe Jones – Texas Tech
Hitting .406 with 13 runs scored, three doubles, two home runs, 13 RBIs, and 17 walks for a .534 on-base percentage.