Six pack: Top D-II pitchers advancing to Super Regionals

Six pack: Top D-II pitchers advancing to Super Regionals

After using the statistic RA7 (runs allowed per 7 innings pitched) to help identify the top 13 pitchers in D-II softball earlier in the week, I thought I’d check back in to see how those pitchers fared during the opening weekend of the NCAA tournament.

Of the top 13 pitchers in RA7 from the 2017 regular season, 12 qualified for the post-season. Six of those pitchers and their teams have now advanced to Super Regionals. Here are their cumulative pitching totals from Regionals.

Player, School IP H R ER BB K Team
Coley Ries, Minnesota St. 21 14 7 7 3 28 Advanced to Super Regional
Mckenna Larsen, Winona St. 22.2 25 13 11 7 12 Eliminated from Regional
Emmie Robertson, Pitt. St. 2 7 8 8 5 0 Eliminated from Regional
Hannah Vet, WV Wesleyan 15.2 13 0 0 4 10 Advanced to Super Regional
Autumn Humes, Harding 20.1 10 4 2 8 23 Advanced to Super Regional
Kayla Robins, Chowan 12 11 4 3 3 15 Eliminated from Regional
Taylor Brandts, UVa-Wise 9 10 4 3 4 15 Eliminated from Regional
Kylee Smith, North Georgia 34.2 22 7 5 3 32 Advanced to Super Regional
Kendra Coleman, Ark.-Mont. Did not qualify for tourney
Lyndsay Butler, Wayne St. (MI) 25 13 4 3 3 5 Advanced to Super Regional
Brandy Marlett, Angelo St. 10.2 7 4 3 6 13 Advanced to Super Regional
Haley Gilham, Chico St. 19 21 13 9 7 16 Eliminated from Regional
Allison Lipovsky, Grand Val. St. 12 4 5 5 6 17 Eliminated from Regional

While there were some warrior-like pitching performances in Regionals, none was any more so than North Georgia’s Kylee Smith. After losing the tournament opener 2-1 to North Greenville despite throwing a complete game four-hitter, Smith and North Georgia would rally to win their next four games, with Smith collecting the win in all four of those games. In the rematch against North Greenville, Smith threw a two-hit shutout. After pushing Limestone College to the if-necessary game, Smith would throw a four-hitter over 8 innings to help her Nighthawks advance to the Super Regional.

Another notable performance was that of Grand Valley State’s Allison Lipovsky, who threw a no-hitter in a 1-0 win over Indianapolis.

Two pitchers from this list and their teams will face off against each other in Super Regionals: Minnesota State’s Coley Ries and Harding’s Autumn Humes. The bracket for all of the Super Regional match-ups is available here.