Aces up their sleeves: Pitching in the D-I Regionals

Aces up their sleeves: Pitching in the D-I Regionals

With so many great pitching performances in the D-I Regionals this weekend, it’s hard to pick out which pitcher was best. Here is how the top 25 pitchers in the country, ranked according to RA7 (Runs Allowed per 7 Innings Pitched) during the 2017 season, fared in Regionals.

RA7 Rank
Player

School

IP

H

R

ER

BB

K

Team
1 Kelly Barnhill  Florida 13 4 1 1 3 28 Advanced to Supers
2 Megan Good  J. Madison 25 18 7 7 4 16 Eliminated in Reg.
3 Delanie Gourley  Florida 12 1 0 0 2 19 Advanced to Supers
4 S. Groenewegen  Minnesota 23.2 10 3 3 2 27 Eliminated in Reg.
5 Emily Watson  Tulsa 29 28 14 14 9 19 Eliminated in Reg.
6 Whitney Gillespie  Jcksnvlle St. 15 18 10 8 5 8 Eliminated in Reg.
7 Jessica Burroughs  Florida St. 6.2 1 0 0 0 8 Advanced to Supers
8 Megan Betsa  Michigan 21.1 10 8 7 15 36 Eliminated in Reg.
9 Danielle O’Toole  Arizona 10 3 0 0 1 11 Advanced to Supers
10 Aleshia Ocasio  Florida Advanced to Supers
11 Holly McKinnon  USC Upstate 12 11 12 5 7 9 Eliminated in Reg.
12 Megan Kleist  Oregon 3.2 3 3 1 2 7 Advanced to Supers
13 Alexis Osorio  Alabama 10.2 7 0 0 6 15 Advanced to Supers
14 Sydney Littlejohn  Alabama 10 6 0 0 1 11 Advanced to Supers
15 Cielo Meza  Long Beach Did not qualify
16 H. Chambers-Book  SIUE Did not qualify
17 Sierra Hyland  Cal Poly Did not qualify
18 Kaylee Carlson  Auburn 10 8 4 4 1 4 Advanced to Supers
19 Mckenna Bull  BYU 14.1 13 8 7 2 4 Eliminated in Reg.
20 Lexi Shubert  USC Upstate 6 0 2 2 5 5 Eliminated in Reg.
21 Allie Walljasper  LSU 9 11 3 3 1 3 Advanced to Supers
22 Devin Brown  South Ala. Did not qualify
23 Maggie Balint  Oregon 9.1 6 2 2 3 15 Advanced to Supers
24 Sav. Jo Dorsey  Ohio Did not qualify
25 Randi Rupp  Texas St. 18 20 4 4 5 13 Eliminated in Reg.

Several pitchers gave heroic performances despite failing to reach the Super Regionals. Tulsa’s Emily Watson threw the most innings (29) of any of these pitchers before running out of gas against defending national champion Oklahoma. Megan Good of James Madison was great while throwing 25 innings but couldn’t hold back Baylor, losing 1-0 to the Bears despite throwing a five hitter. Sara Groenewegen threw 23.2 innings of spectacular ball, mostly against Alabama, but it wasn’t enough as the Golden Gophers lost two 1-0 heartbreakers. Megan Betsa worked 21.1 innings that included a no-hitter and struck out 36 batters on the weekend but couldn’t get Michigan past a very good Washington team. And then there was Texas State’s Randi Rupp, who did everything she could including throwing 12 innings in a 2-1 victory over Texas, before the Bobcats exited the Regional.

Of the teams that advanced to Super Regionals, no pitcher was better than Florida’s Delanie Gourley. Gourley threw 12 innings of one-hit ball over the weekend while striking out 19. Close behind was Arizona’s Danielle O’Toole who threw 10 innings and allowed only three hits. Alabama’s duo of Alexis Osorio and Sydney Littlejohn can’t be overlooked, as the pair threw 10.2 and 10 innings of shutout ball, respectively. And Florida’s Kelly Barnhill struckout 28 over just 13 innings.

As good as the Regionals were, I can’t wait for Supers.