Whether they're bringing the heat or painting the corners, these women have a knack for sitting down batters. Here are the eight pitchers leading NCAA Division I softball in strikeouts.
(Editor's note: Based on games through April 17)
Savannah Jo Dorsey | Ohio | Sr. | 251 strikeouts
Devin Brown | South Alabama | So. | 243 strikeouts
Sara Groenewegen | Minnesota | Jr. | 237 strikeouts
The 2015 Big Ten Player of the Year was the first Gopher to claim the award in 24 years, and she isn't showing any signs of slowing down in 2016. Groenewegen has a 21-5 record bolstered by a 1.76 ERA. She pitched her first career perfect game against FAU on March 12, and she's batting .289 with six home runs and 22 RBI.
Jordan Dixon | Marshall | Jr. | 213 strikeouts
Dixon tied the Marshall record for wins in a season last year with 33, and her strikeout total (308) was second in school history. It should be exciting to see if she can surpass those this year.
McKenna Bull | BYU | Jr. | 211 strikeouts
Randi Rupp | Texas State | So. | 210 strikeouts
Nicole Newman | Drake | So. | 201 strikeouts
The Missouri Valley Freshman of the Year season is posting stellar numbers once again for Drake. Newman leads the Bulldogs with 2.35 ERA and 17-8 record and has already passed her strikeout numbers from last year (175).
Maggie Tyler | Virginia Tech | Sr. | 199 strikeouts