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LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Clemson’s Valerie Cagle and George Mason’s Aly Rayle earned 2023 Division I Louisville Slugger/NFCA Player and Wilson/NFCA Pitcher of the Week honors. The duo is being recognized for their outstanding performances during the week of March 20-26. 

Rayle twirled her second no-hitter in the span of one month, blanking A-10 foe Rhode Island  on March 25. In that outing, the graduate hurler, fanned a season-best 11 batters. She followed up that performance with a second consecutive shutout (three-hitter) in which Rayle fanned 10 more Rams (no walks) and carried a perfect game through two outs into the fifth before surrendering her first hit of the weekend. In three starts, Rayle finished the week 2-0 with a 0.78 ERA, 26 strikeouts, four walks and six hits over 18 innings of work.

Cagle powered the fifth-ranked Tigers to a three-game sweep of Georgia Tech in Atlantic Coast Conference action. Homering in each contest, Cagle hit .571 with five RBI, four runs scored and a 1.857 slugging percentage. She drew three walks and was plunked, contributing to a .727 on-base percentage. Additionally, she was 2-0 in the circle with a 0.78 ERA, striking out 12 and walking four in nine innings of work. The junior hurler drove in two runs in game one and three, while fanning nine batters over four innings in the opener.

The Division I Louisville Slugger/NFCA Player and Wilson/NFCA Pitcher of the Week are voted on by the NFCA Division I Top 25 Poll Committee.

Selected Top Performances

Sydney Berzon, LSU – 2-0, SHO, 0.50 ERA, 13 K, 3 BB, .170 opp BA; Eden Bigham, Virginia – 3-0, 0.00 ERA, 13 K, 3 BB, .116 opp. BA, 14 IP; Chenise Delce, Arkansas – 2-0, 1.17 ERA, 13 K, 4 BB, 12 IP; Megan Faraimo, UCLA – 2-1, 1.37 ERA, 15 K, 5 BB, 15.1 IP; Carley Goetschius, North Dakota State - .727, 8 H, 2B, 2 HR, 8 RBI, 6 R, 1.364 SLG, .750 OBP; Katie Goldberg, Virginia - .563, 3 2B, 2 HR, 6 RBI, 1.125 SLG, BB, .611 OBP; Kelsey Hall, Bosie State - .571, 2 2B, 4 RBI, .857 SLG, .717 OBP, 5 R; Ally Hulme, FGCU – 1-0, 0.00 ERA, 7 K, 9.1 IP, SHO; Madison Huskey, Washington - .400, 2 HR, 3 RBI, 1.100 SLG; Maddie Kapsimalis, Dayton - .600, 2 2B, 3 HR, 6 RBI, 1.333 SLG; Izzy Kemp, Dayton – 2-1, SV, 0.69 ERA, 29 K, 6 BB, 20.1 IP; Korbe Otis, Louisville - .500, 3 3B, 6 RBI, 8 R, .500 OBP, .750 SLG, 4-4 SB; Hannah Poole, Furman - .500, 2 2B, 3 HR, 10 RBI, SB, 1.600 SLG; Sarah Stone, Indiana - .455, 5 H, 2 2B, 3 HR, 10 RBI, 3 R, 1.364 SLG.

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