The list of finalists for the 2022 USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year has been trimmed down to 10 and four of those players reside in the Big 12 Conference.
Oklahoma leads the way with three players on the list, while Oklahoma State also had one player make the second cut.
OSU’s Kelly Maxwell made the list after posting one of the best seasons in college softball, posting 221 strikeouts, an ERA of 1.04 (ninth nationally), and a record of 21-3. Maxwell has been a consistent weapon in the circle all season long for the Cowgirls and is a major reason why Oklahoma State is in a position to challenge Oklahoma for the Big 12 regular-season title this weekend.
Oklahoma brings three names to the table and senior utility Jocelyn Alo leads the way for the Sooners. Alo is second in the country with 22 home runs, third in batting average (.473), first in slugging percentage (1.161), and first in on-base percentage (.620).
Next on the list for the Sooners is freshman pitcher Jordy Bahl, who has taken the softball world by storm with her intensity. Bahl has recorded 185 strikeouts in 116.2 IP, equaling 11.1 strikeouts per seven innings (13th nationally) with a 26-1 record as a starter. The scary part about Bahl? College softball has to deal with her for three more seasons.
Finally, Sooners’ senior shortstop Gracy Lyons appears on the list with a .437 batting average (13th nationally), 17 home runs (13th nationally), and a fielding percentage of .940 at shortstop. Lyons is a leader on this Oklahoma team that looks destined for greatness.