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D1Softball Analytics: Top 61-70 Pitchers


The Top 71-80 pitchers in the nation include a pair of Butler arms, an All-American and one freshman.

What makes a pitcher exceptional? To identify those with the best performances, we have broken down pitching into three categories: Zone Control, Pitch Ability, and Durability. Zone Control is how well the pitcher controls the strike zone with strikeouts, walks, wild pitches and hit by pitch. Pitch Ability refers to the pitcher’s ability to pitch and uses statistics like WHIP, FIP and Opp SLG. Durability is largely based on innings pitched and batters faced.

No. 62 Payton Buresch, Ohio State

Checking in at No. 62 is Ohio State’s Payton Buresch (7-4) 1.99 ERA, who appeared in 13 games for the Buckeyes throwing 81 innings with eight complete games. The junior hurler spent her first two seasons at JMU and was the CAA & VaSID Rookie of the Year.

“Payton committed in August. She stepped into be the ace and was hungry to get on the mound,” said head coach Kelly Kovach Schoenly. “Her win loss record is not a true reflection of her pitching.”

Buresch has impeccable mechanics and her drop is a go-to pitch. The righthander recorded 49 strikeouts but is best know for throwing the ball through the zone to induce groundball and flyball outs. She is a quiet leader in the circle and a team player “Confidences oozes out of her,” said Schoenly.


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