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Top 10 Players Heading into 2023 Big 12 Softball Championship

The 2023 Big 12 Softball Tournament is upon us, which means that the NCAA Tournament is right around the corner. With four teams well within the tournament field, the Big 12 Championship should be a fun one to watch.

Some of the best softball players in the country call the Big 12 home, several of them playing for top-ranked Oklahoma. While the Sooners’ roster has an embarrassment of talent, there are some other players to keep your eye on this week as well.

Here are the Top 10 Big 12 softball players heading into the 2023 Phillips 66 Big 12 Softball Championship.

 

10. Kiley Naomi, SS, Oklahoma State

As Oklahoma State’s best defensive player, Kiley Naomi has to be on this list. The Pokes’ shortstop has consistently been one of the best players in the conference since she got to Oklahoma State and also has a slight edge for the RBI lead this season with 53.

9. Grace Lyons, SS, Oklahoma

Regarded by many as the best shortstop in America, Grace Lyons is one of the best defensive players to ever play for Patty Gasso, and that’s saying something. As a captain of the 2023 Oklahoma squad, Lyons has earned her keep to make this list.

8. Dariana Orme, RHP, Baylor

While her availability is in question heading into the tournament, Dari Orme has been sensational for the Bears in 2023. She ranks fourth in the Big 12 in ERA (1.70) and third in strikeouts (126). Having her available is key for Baylor’s postseason run.

 

7. Nicole May, RHP, Oklahoma

The Big 12 leader in ERA (0.55), Nicole May has had her best season to date as an Oklahoma Sooner. May also ranks fifth in the conference in strikeouts (115) and is part of an incredible trio in the circle for Oklahoma.

6. Kelly Maxwell, LHP, Oklahoma State

The unquestioned leader of Oklahoma State’s pitching staff, Kelly Maxwell is still one of the best arms in the conference. With a Big 12-leading 193 strikeouts, Maxwell still has all the juice that made her the best pitcher in the game a season ago.

5. Alex Storako, RHP, Oklahoma

The newcomer from Michigan just topped 1,000 career strikeouts in Game 3 of the Bedlam series last weekend. Storako ranks second in ERA (0.77) and seventh in strikeouts (101) and gives Oklahoma a reliable co-ace to pair with Jordy Bahl.

 

4. Jordy Bahl, RHP, Oklahoma

When Jordy Bahl is on, there might not be a more intimidating arm in the country. Ranking third in ERA (1.19) and second in strikeouts (138), Bahl is Oklahoma’s top arm. Oh, and she ranks 10th in the conference in batting average (.387).

3. Rachel Becker, 2B, Oklahoma State

The Purdue transfer has worked herself into being one of the top players in the Big 12, leading the conference in batting average (.449), hits (71), and doubles (19). If the Cowgirls are going to get out of their slump offensively, it will start with Becker.

2. Tiare Jennings, 2B, Oklahoma

Tiare Jennings is one of the scariest names in Oklahoma’s lineup and is an All-American caliber defender as well. Jennings ranks top three in the Big 12 in batting average (.430), slugging (.768), OPS (1.271), and RBIs (52) and eighth in fielding (0.990).

1. Jayda Coleman, CF, Oklahoma

Perhaps the favorite for National Player of the Year, Jayda Coleman has stepped up as a leader for OU in 2023. She leads the conference in slugging (.820), OBP (.566), OPS (1.386), and runs scored (55) while ranking top three in home runs (13), walks (34), batting average (.439).

Honorable Mention: Shaylon Govan, 1B, Baylor; Kinzie Hansen, C, Oklahoma; Cydney Sanders, 1B, Oklahoma; Alyssa Brito, 3B, Oklahoma; Mia Scott, INF, Texas; Citlaly Gutierrez, RHP, Texas; RyLee Crandall, RHP, Baylor; Lexi Kilfoyl, RHP, Oklahoma State; Haley Lee, DP, Oklahoma; Kailey Wyckoff, C, Texas Tech

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