College softball: 8 sluggers who lead NCAA softball in home runs
We've already given you a look at Division I softball's top strikeout pitchers. Now let's take a look at the offense. Here are the eight queens of swing who are currently leading Division I softball in total home runs.
Morgan Noad | Coastal Carolina | Sr. | 22 home runs
The Chanticleer senior not only leads DI softball in home runs; she also ranks third on the DI RBI list with 67. If Noad continues her offensive brilliance, she could be looking at a third straight first team All-Big South selection.
Ali Aguilar | Washington | Jr. | 20 home runs
Like Noad, Aquilar ranks in the top ten in both home runs and RBI. In fact, Aguilar leads the Pac-12 in RBI and long balls.
Erika Piancastelli | McNeese St. | So. | 20 home runs
The sophomore sensation is following up a phenomenal freshman season (.430 batting average, 54 RBI and 18 home runs) with equally impressive play in 2016. She's hitting .417 and is tied at second for the most homers in DI.
Alex Bayne | Ohio State | Jr. | 18 home runs
In her first year at OSU, Bayne finished with 13 RBI and four homers. In 2016, she has been enjoying an offensive explosion. The Marshall transfer has 18 HRs and a whopping 45 RBI.
Marjani Knighten | Nebraska | Jr. | 18 home runs
Knighten was a unanimous All-Big Ten selection in her sophomore season, thanks to her .412 BA and 60 RBI. She already has 50 RBI this season, the 18 aforementioned homers and is hitting .398. It wouldn't surprise anyone to see her on the All-Big Ten list again this season.
Lexie Elkins | Louisiana-Lafayette | Sr. | 17 home runs
Elkins' junior season ended in an avalanche of awards. She was named the NCAA DI Catcher of the Year, first team All-America, Sun Belt Player of the Year and a USA Softball Player of the Year Top 26 Finalist among others. And, she's hitting an incredible .538 with 41 RBI. It should be another red letter year for the Ragin Cajun senior.
Rachel Heinze | Mount St. Mary's | Jr. | 17 home runs
Heinze's offensive production has spiked in 2016. Last season, she finished with a .278 BA, 19 RBI and 6 homers, but she's followed that with a .339 average, 17 long balls and 36 RBI this season.
Tina Iosefa | Georgia | Sr. | 17 home runs
Iosefa is tied for first in RBI among all DI softball players with 69, already 28 more than she had last season. And, she's more than doubled her homer total from last season (8) as well.