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Brady Vernon is a writer for D1Softball. He has covered the sport since his sophomore year of college and currently resides in Arizona.Follow Brady Vernon on Twitter
Top 80 Freshmen Names to Know Heading into 2023
Ready for the season to start? Here are 80 names to know that could be impact freshmen in 2023.
2023 Preseason Power Rankings: Designated Player and Utility
UCF head coach Cindy Ball-Malone said Jada Cody will win the Knights games with her bat. She plays multiple positions at a high level and comes in as our top utility player.
2023 Preseason Power Rankings: Third Base
Baylee Klingler is coming off a Pac-12 Triple Crown, an accolade she only shares with two others in history. She comes in at the top spot at the hot corner in our preseason power rankings.
2023 Preseason Power Rankings: First Base
Karina Gaskins led Notre Dame in batting average (.428), home runs (13), and RBIs (61) in a breakout year. She is one of our best first baseman coming into the 2023 season.
2023 Preseason Power Rankings: Second Base
Allie Skaggs hit 24 home runs last year and her defense improved as the season went on. The Arizona second baseman is one of the best at the position.
2023 Preseason Power Rankings: Shortstop
Glove, bat, leadership, Grace Lyons does it all for Oklahoma. The Sooner shortstop comes in at our top spot at the position.
2023 Preseason Power Rankings: Catcher
Oklahoma’s Kinzie Hansen battled injuries last season, but when healthy it’s hard to argue with her stellar bat and defensive skills. She comes in as our top preseason catcher for 2023.
2023 Preseason Power Rankings: Pitcher
The D1Softball Position Power Rankings kicks off with the best in the circle. Kelly Maxwell starts the year at the top of the list. Who else joined her?
Pac-12 Preview: Who can Battle the Bruins for the Top Spot?
UCLA appears to be the favorite heading into the season. What other Pac-12 teams can challenge the Bruins? Find out in the Pac-12 Preview
American Collegiate League Expands with Las Vegas Affiliate
On Tuesday, the American Collegiate League announced the addition of the Vegas Collegiate League. Its the fourth regional league to join the ACL, along with Florida Gulf Coast League (FGCL), Music City Collegiate League (MCCL) and Heartland Collegiate League (HCL).
2022 Fall Report: Stanford
On paper, the Stanford roster looks almost identical as the Super Regional team. However, head coach Jessica Allister sees a vastly improved team based on what the freshmen class has to offer.
2022 Fall Report: Washington
Washington has the reigning Pac-12 Player of the Year in Baylee Klingler and a talented group of hitters. But what does the post-Gabbie Plain era look like in the circle? Find out the details in Washington’s fall report.
2022 Fall Report: UCLA
Megan Faraimo appears to be on a mission. Maya Brady brought it in the fall. There’s plenty of new Bruins embracing the culture. UCLA has the fire power and ready for another championship run.
2022 Fall Report: Arizona
The Wildcats have plenty of players coming back from their WCWS team from a year ago. Plus, there’s been a much different vibe this fall and they looked primed for another run to OKC.
2022 Fall Report: Arizona State
Megan Bartlett walked into one of the toughest situations this offseason. However, the Sun Devils have plenty to be optimistic about under their new head coach.
2022 Fall Report: Texas A&M
What should you expect from the first year of the Trisha Ford era at Texas A&M?
A deep pitching staff she’s excited to work with and a lineup that could see a lot of growth in 2023.
2022 Fall Report: Boise State
Boise State won 40 games last season in Justin Shults. With a tougher schedule this season, the goal is to make the postseason.
The Broncos have a ton of depth and aren’t afraid to use it to get there.
2022 Fall Report: Oregon
Oregon added a pair of pitchers to go with Stevie Hansen. While the offense should continue to improve in year two under Sam Marder.
2022 Fall Report: Oregon State
Oregon State got hot at the right time last season as it made it all the way to OKC.
How can the Beavers do it again? They’ll need more offensive production and Sarah Haendiges to fill some big shoes.
2022 Fall Report: NC State
At NC State, the home run mindset means more than an outcome at the plate.
The philosophy should help a handful of newcomers that are expected to make an impact this season.
2022 Fall Report: Minnesota
Minnesota is a mixture of familiar faces like Natalie DenHartog and Autumn Pease and new ones such as Jess Oakland and Jacie Hambrick.
The added depth should help the Gophers in 2023.
2022 Fall Report: Penn State
Penn State improved its win total by 25 games in 2022. With Bailey Parshall back and an offensive that looked stellar in the fall, head coach Clarisa Crowell is excited for what is to come.
2022 Fall Report: Virginia
Can Virginia makes it second-ever postseason appearance in 2023?
The pieces seem like they are there to do so. The Cavaliers return most of their lineup, a athletic stud freshman, and fifth-year pitcher Jenny Bressler.
2022 Fall Report: Louisville
Louisville has a balanced mix of youth and experience. It’s certainly displayed in the battery between fifth-year ace Taylor Roby and freshman catcher Sarah Gordon.
More on the Cardinals in our Fall Report:
2022 Fall Report: North Carolina
Donna Papa wanted to improve the Tar Heel offense. She brought in former Oklahoma standout Falepolima Aviu as hitting coach. The early returns have been good. More from North Carolina’s Fall Report.
2022 D1Softball Fall Exhibition Central
Itching for softball to be back? Good news, we are tracking fall exhibition central between Division I programs.
Ranking the Top 10 Transfer Classes in College Softball
What teams acquired the most talent through the transfer portal for the 2023 season? We have the answers here.
Memphis to hire Alabama’s VanBrakle Prothro as its next head coach
Memphis softball is expected to hire Alabama assistant coach Stephanie VanBrakle Prothro as its next head coach.
Final Shortstop Power Rankings
The D1Softball Shortstop Power Rankings include a Pac-12 triple crown winner and the nation’s batting champ among others.
Final Outfielder Power Rankings
Sluggers, speedsters, gold glovers all make up our D1Softball Top 25 Outfielder Power Rankings from this past season.
Top Transfers Still Looking for a New Home
With the deadline closed to enter the portal, D1Softball looks at the top softball transfers still looking for a new home.