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  • Earned her career win in the circle against a ranked opponent after defeating then-No. 14 Virginia Tech (Feb. 18)

  • Recorded a pair of two-run home runs, including a game winner in the top of the seventh, at North Florida (Feb. 12) before entering the circle in the bottom of the seventh to earn her first career save

  • Preseason All-ACC selection

  • Preseason Second Team All-American

  • Softball America Preseason Second Team All-American

  • Ranked the No. 2 freshman in the country entering the season, according to Softball America

  • JWOS Second Team Preseason All-American


  • Started in all 27 games, including a team-high 13 starts in the circle

  • Hit .376, tallied 10 home runs and five doubles in 93 at bats

  • Only freshman in the country to tally at least 10 home runs

  • Tenth in the nation and second in the ACC in home runs

  • Second in the nation and led the ACC with 36 RBIs

  • Only player to earned ACC Player of the Week honors twice (Feb. 18 & March 3)

  • Justin’s World JWOS Player of the Week (March 3)

  • Recorded the Tigers’ first-ever home run at Clemson Softball Stadium in game No. 2 of CU’s doubleheader against Western Carolina (Feb. 12)

  • One of four players in the nation to record eight RBIs in a single game (Maryland, Feb. 15)

  • Posted a team-high two grand slams on the season, which she achieved against Maryland (Feb. 15) and Virginia (March 1)

  • First Clemson player to ever reach base safely in its inaugural game against St. John’s (Feb. 7)

  • Recorded the program’s first-ever save against Pittsburgh (March 7)

  • Hit a walkoff solo home run in the bottom of the seventh against Virginia (Feb.28) to help CU secure its first-ever ACC victory

  • Pitched a complete game in CU’s first win over a ranked opponent against then-No. 14 Georgia (Feb. 26)

  • Allowed just three hits and recorded 20-of-21 outs within the infield against the ranked Bulldogs

  • Did not earn a loss in the circle in her last nine appearances of the season

  • Posted a team-high eight complete games in the circle

  • Registered her first career complete-game shutout, which included 11 strikeouts in 6.0 innings of work, against Presbyterian College (March 10)

  • ACC Academic Honor Roll recipient

Note: Due to COVID-19, the Clemson Softball inaugural season was cut short (27 games played)


  • Enrolled at Clemson as a freshman

Before Clemson

  • Hit .525 and added eight home runs for her travel team, the Hanover Hornets

  • Pitched 57 innings with and achieved an ERA of 0.00 and added 80 strikeouts


  • Born Valerie Rose Cagle on Jan. 7, 2002

  • Daughter of Mark and Maria Cagle

  • Majoring in Health Science with a concentration in Preprofessional Health Studies

*Courtesy Clemson Media Guide


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