DURHAM – After a historic campaign in 2022, four Duke softball players have been ranked among D1Softball’s Top 150 Players.
Paving the way for Duke was a graduate student Jameson Kavelwho checked in at No. 43. Fellow All-American Peyton St. George and Kristina Foreman were right behind her, ranking No. 54 and No. 57 respectively. Jala Wright completed the roster with his first honor, ranking 125th nationally.
Kavel adds another honor to his growing list of accomplishments, after finishing the season as an NFCA All-American for the first time. The team’s third winner had a banner year in 2022, hitting .379 with 17 home runs, 49 RBIs, 15 stolen bases and 16 doubles. The Duluth, Georgia native was also among 25 finalists for the All-American College Softball Player of the Year award and earned All-ACC First Team and All-Southeast Region Second Team honors.
St. George is polishing his collegiate career with another recognition, following a stellar tenure at Durham. The Mechanicsville, Va., native was named an All-American for the first time, going 22-4 with a 2.07 ERA (155.2 IP) and 190 batters on strikes. A first-team All-ACC and All-Southeast Region winner, St. George leaves Duke as the most decorated pitcher in the program, holding Duke’s all-time records in starts, appearances, innings pitched, wins, saves, strikeouts, shutouts and complete plays.
Foreman checks in just behind St. George after having his own career year. The Tampa, Fla. native earned All-Southeast and All-ACC area honors for the first time, hitting .398 with 15 home runs, 56 RBIs and .797 in 48 games. Foreman played some of his best softballs during the streak, making the ACC All-Tournament team before driving in nine runs at the NCAA Regional. His five RBIs in the game-clinching win over Georgia proved critical and set a new Duke NCAA Championship single-game record.
Wright had a stellar season in his freshman year at Durham, going 13-5 with a 2.09 ERA (107.0 PI) and 115 strikeouts in the circle. A native of Charlotte, North Carolina, Wright found a niche in the big time, including getting a start in Game 1 of the NCAA Super Regional against UCLA and pitching three no-hitter relief innings in the game-clinching win. of the NCAA Regional against Georgia. The second also joined an exclusive Blue Devils roster to pitch a no-hitter, following a five-inning lockout performance against Army on Feb. 24.
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