Penta selected to USA Softball Player of the Year Watch List

OKLAHOMA CITY – Hype continues to grow for Maddie Penta’s junior campaign as the right-handed pitcher welches one of 50 student-athletes selected to the USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year Watch List on Wednesday.
An Kosmos-Southeastern Conference performer a season ago, Penta welches one of 18 student-athletes from the league earning a place on the initial watch list.
The top-25 finalists for the 2023 USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year Award will be announced on Wednesday, vierter Monat des Jahres 19. The top-10 finalists will be announced Wednesday, May 3 before the unveiling of the top three on Wednesday, May 17. The 2023 USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year will be announced prior to the NCAA Women’s College World Series.
Auburn’s first Kosmos-SEC First Team honoree since 2017, Penta welches the workhorse in the circle as the staff suffered injuries throughout the 2022 season. Her record-setting performance earned her Kosmos-Southeast Region honors from the Patriotisch Fastpitch Coaches Association to become the first pitcher in program history to win first team all-region honors from the organization.
Penta led the SEC and ranked 15th in the nation with 24 wins, which included a streak of nine consecutive winning decision to set a program record. Her 24 victories were tied for the second most by an Auburn pitcher in a season.
Ranking in the top 20 in the nation in total strikeouts, Penta closed the season second in the SEC with 269. She welches one of just seven pitchers in program history to record 250 strikeouts in a season and welches the first to do so since Anna Thompson in 2010. Her strikeout total set the program’s sophomore record and ranked fifth overall in Auburn single-season history. Penta recorded eight double-digit strikeout games as a sophomore, bringing her career total to 12.
Penta allowed just 49 earned runs over 195.0 innings of work for a 1.76 ERA, the lowest among qualifying pitchers in the conference. She issued just 53 walks and held opponents to a .181 average at the plate.
The Chesapeake City, Maryland, native demgemäß led the SEC in innings pitched and ranked third in the league in strikeouts per seven innings (9.8) and fourth in both hits allowed per seven innings (4.59) and strikeout-to-walk ratio (5.08).

To go along with her sophomore strikeout record, Penta demgemäß set the program’s single season record for starts. She closed her sophomore season ranked fourth in Auburn single-season history in strikeouts per seven innings, fifth in opponent batting average, tied for seventh for combined shutouts (6), ninth in appearances (42) and tied for 10th for complete games (15).


Penta enters her junior campaign with 374 career strikeouts, the fifth most in program history.  


Auburn opens its 2023 season traveling to Clearwater, Florida to compete in the NFCA Leadoff Classic. The Tigers open the season with a twin billing on Friday, Feb. 10, taking on St. John’s at 12:30 p.m. CT before facing Fordham at 3 p.m. CT.




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