NCAA Division I softball career .400 batting average list

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There are currently 114 batters and 47 records in the .400 Batting Average Club:

  • Note every player on the list played four seasons (except those with one year eligibility remaining) of at least 30 at-bats.
Batting average Batter School(s) Years
.467[1] Jill Justin Northern Illinois Huskies 1986–1989
.466[2] Alison McCutcheon Arizona Wildcats 1995–1998
.466[3] Stacey Nuveman UCLA Bruins 1997–2002
.461[4] Chelsea Bramlett Mississippi State Bulldogs 2007–2010
.460[5] Kacie Burnett Idaho State Bengals 2014–2017
.458[6] Michelle Minton Coastal Carolina Chanticleers 1991–1994
.456[7] Sammy Marshall Western Illinois Leathernecks 2012–2015
.452[8] Amber Jackson Bethune–Cookman Wildcats & Maryland Terrapins 2003–2007
.452[9] Jeanne Weinsheim San Diego Toreros 1986–1989
.451[5] Morgan Zerkle Marshall Thundering Herd 2014–2017
.450[3] Natasha Watley UCLA Bruins 2000–2003
.449[10] La'Tosha Williams Delaware State Hornets 1993–1997
.447[5] Haley McCleney Alabama Crimson Tide 2013–2016
.447[11] Meg Thompson Canisius Golden Griffins 1988–1991
.446[12] Kaitlin Cochran Arizona State Sun Devils 2006–2009
.446[13] Denelle Hicks Campbell Fighting Camels 1993–1996
.446[2] Caitlin Lowe Arizona Wildcats 2004–2007
.443[14][15][16][17] Tanisha Kemp Morgan State Bears 1996–1999
.442[18] Raven Chavanne Tennessee Lady Vols 2010–2013
.441[5] Sierra Romero Michigan Wolverines 2013–2016
.439[19][20] Jenny Topping Washington Huskies & Cal State Fullerton Titans 1999–2003
.437[21] Kayla Braud Alabama Crimson Tide 2010–2013
.437[21] Kelly Kretschman Alabama Crimson Tide 1998–2001
.436[5] Nicole Gazzola Delaware State Hornets 2013–2016
.435[22] Robyne Yorke Fresno State Bulldogs 1994–1997
.434[23] Yvette Cannon George Mason Patriots 1983–1986
.433[24] Stephanie Thompson Brown Bears 2010–2013
.433[25][26] Jen Yee Niagara Purple Eagles & Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets 2006–2010
.431[27] Crystal Boyd Hofstra Pride 1991–1994
.431[6] Jessica Falca Coastal Carolina Chanticleers 1996–1999
.431[23] Robin Francisco George Mason Patriots 1983–1986
.431[28] Tiff Tootle South Carolina Gamecocks 1990–1993
.429[13] Martha Covington Campbell Fighting Camels 1996–1999
.429[29] Jennifer Drum Manhattan Jaspers 1992–1995
.429[5] Sydni Emanuel Texas Tech Red Raiders & Georgia Bulldogs 2014–2017
.428[2] Leah O'Brien Arizona Wildcats 1993–1997
.428[4] Kellie Wilkerson Mississippi State Bulldogs 1999–2002
.425[30][31] Oli Keohohou BYU Cougars & Long Beach State 49ers 2001–2005
.425[5] Katie Lacour Southeastern Louisiana Lions 2013–2016
.423[32][33][34][35] Keneshia McKee Alabama State Hornets 1999–2002
.423[36] Kim Miller Lehigh Mountain Hawks 1993–1996
.423[5] Torrian Wright Savannah State Lady Tigers 2013–2016
.422[37] Nicki Robbins Army Black Knights 1999–2002
.422[11] Jody Tassone Canisius Golden Griffins 1993–1996
.421[38] Michelle Oswald Northeastern Illinois Golden Eagles 1995–1998
.419[26] Laura Williams Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets 1994–1997
.419[39] Tammy Williams Northwestern Wildcats 2006–2009
.418[5] Karley Wester Notre Dame Fighting Irish 2014–2017
.418[40] Ali Viola Nebraska Cornhuskers 1995–1998
.417[5] Allexis Bennett UCLA Bruins 2013–2016
.417[2] Brittany Lastrapes Arizona Wildcats 2008–2011
.417[11] Laurie Miller Canisius Golden Griffins 1987–1990
.417[21] Brittany Rogers Alabama Crimson Tide 2006–2009
.416[2] Autumn Champion Arizona Wildcats 2003–2006
.416[41] Jessica Mendoza Stanford Cardinal 1999–2002
.415[42] Courtney Ceo Oregon Ducks 2011–2014
.415[2] Amy Chellevold Arizona Wildcats 1992–1995
.415[43] April Setterlund Boston Terriers 2008–2011
.414[22] Laura Berg Fresno State Bulldogs 1994–1998
.414[24] Lauren May Cornell Big Red 2002–2005
.414[44] Kim Rondina UNLV Rebels 1994–1997
.413[45] Nicole Barber Georgia Bulldogs 2001–2004
.413[22][46] Nina Lindenberg Long Beach State 49ers & Fresno State Bulldogs 1995–1998
.413[5] Courtney Young Howard Bison 2007–2010
.411[2] Jenny Dalton Arizona Wildcats 1993–1996
.411[5] Cortni Emanuel Georgia Bulldogs 2015–2017
.411[2] Nicole Giordano Arizona Wildcats 1998–2001
.411[47] Linda Smolka Princeton Tigers 1986–1989
.411[48] Jen Weaver Towson Tigers 1993–1996
.410[2] Lauren Bauer Arizona Wildcats 1998–2001
.410[49] Megan Blank Iowa Hawkeyes 2012–2015
.410[5] Erika Piancastelli McNeese State Cowgirls 2015–2017
.409[5] Kaelynn Greene Marshall Thundering Herd 2013–2016
.409[5] Ericka Nesbitt Campbell Fighting Camels 2012–2015
.409[5] Jenavee Peres San Diego State Aztecs 2015–2017
.408[50] Samantha Meenaghan Gardner–Webb Runnin' Bulldogs 2011–2014
.408[5] Demi Turner Alabama Crimson Tide 2015–2017
.407[5] Ivie Drake Georgia State Panthers 2015–2017
.407[5] Kelly Kapp Bradley Braves 2014–2017
.406[5] Emily Carosone Auburn Tigers 2013–2016
.406[5] Princess Daniels Texas Southern Tigers 2011–2014
.406[6][51][52] Sara Graziano Miami RedHawks & Coastal Carolina Chanticleers 1991–1994
.406[41] Alissa Haber Stanford Cardinal 2007–2010
.406[5] Erica McNew Cleveland State Vikings 2013–2016
.405[36] Julie Fernandez Lehigh Mountain Hawks 2009–2012
.405[53] Annie Kinsey Pennsylvania Quakers 2005–2008
.405[54] Rachel Folden Marshall Thundering Herd 2005–2008
.405[55] Dana Pellegrino Fairfield Stags 1985–1988
.405[5] Stephanie Texeira FIU Panthers 2014–2017
.404[56] Sue Duke Vermont Catamounts 1990–1994
.404[5] Jessica Madrid Delaware State Hornets & San Jose State Spartans 2013–2016
.404[57] Jackie Pasquerella Villanova Wildcats 1998–2001
.403[58] Emilee Koerner Notre Dame Fighting Irish 2012–2015
.403[5] Yvon Minogue South Dakota Coyotes 2013–2016
.403[48] Toni Wiggins Towson Tigers 1988–1991
.402[39] Emily Allard Northwestern Wildcats 2010–2014
.402[59] Megan Baltzell Longwood Lancers 2012–2015
.402[60] Norrelle Dickson Oklahoma Sooners 2004–2007
.402[61] Barb Gaines Missouri State Bears 1990–1993
.402[41] Ashley Hansen Stanford Cardinal 2009–2012
.402[62] Erin Hickey DePaul Blue Demons 1994–1997
.402[5] Jasmin Riley Alabama A&M Bulldogs 2010–2013
.402[63] Rhea Taylor Missouri Tigers 2008–2011
.402[64] Tiffany Whitton Harvard Crimson 2000–2003
.401[5] Caitlin Attfield UAB Blazers 2013–2016
.401[65] Kara Nelson Illinois State Redbirds 2007–2011
.401[66] Ryan Washington Longwood Lancers 2005–2008
.400[67] Gina Carbonatto Pacific Tigers 2004–2007
.400[68] Camilla Carrera UTEP Miners 2008–2012
.400[5] Lexie Elkins Texas Tech Red Raiders & ULL Ragin' Cajuns 2013–2016
.400[69] Jamie Foutch Oklahoma State Cowgirls 1996–1999
.400[5] Taylor Hughes Alcorn State Braves 2015–2017
.400[5] Brehanna Rodrigues Alabama State Hornets 2010–2013
.400[11] Leslie Samson Canisius Golden Griffins 1990–1993

Progression[edit]

Jill Justin eclipsed the original batting average record held by Yvette Cannon. After just three seasons, Justin was hitting a combined .475 (192/404).[1][70][71] She ended her career playing in a doubleheader sweep of the DePaul Blue Demons (the Huskies outscored the Blue Demons 9-1) on May 5, 1989.[1]

Since the conclusion of Justin's competitive days, four other collegiate batters have surpassed her single career batting average record. However, none of them played all four eligible seasons but at least two of a minimum 250 at-bats (the NCAA Division I career parameter):

Hits[edit]

In addition, there are currently 41 hitters in the .400 batting average club that amassed at least 300 hits in their career:

Alison McCutcheon – 405; Laura Berg – 396; Natasha Watley – 395; Nicole Barber – 379; Amy Chellevold – 371; Kelly Kretschman – 368; Chelsea Bramlett – 359; Nicole Giordano – 359; Robyne Yorke – 357; Raven Chavanne – 355; Caitlin Lowe – 351; Tiff Tootle – 351; Lauren Bauer – 349; Amber Jackson – 348; Kayla Braud – 344; Brittany Rogers – 343; Jessica Falca – 341; Leah O'Brien – 338; Brittany Lastrapes – 337; Norrelle Dickson – 328; Nina Lindenberg – 328; Jessica Mendoza – 327; Karley Wester – 323; Stacey Nuveman – 322; Kacie Burnett – 320; Kellie Wilkerson – 318; Kaitlin Cochran – 315; Rhea Taylor – 315; Autumn Champion – 314; Haylie McCleney – 313; Sydni Emanuel – 312; Tammy Williams – 310; Alissa Haber – 309; Michelle Minton – 308; Emily Allard – 306; Caitlin Attfield – 306; Sierra Romero – 302; Ashley Hansen – 301; Kara Nelson – 301; Denelle Hicks – 300; Jen Yee – 300.[75]

Records & Milestones[edit]

Sara Graziano set the NCAA record for batting average by hitting .588 in 1994; Robin Francisco made the list despite hitting a club low .263 in 1986. La'Tosha Williams owns the freshman class record for batting average with a .521 mark set in 1993. Graziano also had the best hit streak in NCAA history during 43 consecutive games from April 8, 1993 – March 24, 1994. Lauren Bauer achieved a 1.000 batting average with the NCAA second-best perfect game at the plate by going 6/6 on May 6, 2000. Alison McCutcheon tallied 132 knocks in 1997 for a .534 average and the NCAA record for season hits. Nina Lindenberg hit 29 doubles for another all-time record and hit .507 in 1996. Jen Yee accumulated the best slugging percentage in 2010 at 1.270% and a .567 average.

Along with Graziano in 1994, Yee in 2010, Torrian Wright (.566 in 2015) and Chelsea Bramlett (.535 in 2010) rank top-10 all-time for NCAA season batting average. Also with Graziano in 1994, Williams in 1993, Yee in 2010, Wright in 2015, Robin Francisco (.474 in 1984 ), Jill Justin (.503 in 1987 & .484 in 1988), Meg Thompson (.483 in 1990), Crystal Boyd (.513 in 1992), Jen Weaver (.514 in 1996), Tanisha Kemp (.519 in 1998), Jessica Mendoza (.474 in 2000), Oli Keohohou (.458 in 2001), Stacey Nuveman (.528 in 2002), Amber Jackson (.490 in 2003), Autumn Champion (.488 in 2004), Kaitlin Cochran (.492 in 2007), Stephanie Thompson (.504 in 2011), Courtney Ceo (.493 in 2014), Lexie Elkins (.509 in 2016) and Kacie Burnett (.487 in 2017) all led those NCAA years in average.

Finally, McCutcheon (.450 in 1996) & 1997, Lindenberg (.449 in 1998), Nuveman (.445 in 1999), Champion (.408 in 2006), Cochran (.439 in 2008), Amy Chellevold (.379 in 1993 & .504 in 1994), Jenny Dalton (.318 in 1993, .434 in 1994 & .469 in 1996), Leah O'Brien (.374 in 1993, .416 in 1994 & .467 in 1997), Laura Berg (.457 in 1998), Lauren Bauer (.426 in 2001), Nicole Giordano (.393 in 2001), Natasha Watley (.481 in 2003), Caitlin Lowe (.424 in 2006 & .414 in 2007) and Kayla Braud (.340 in 2012) all won national championships in those years; O'Brien also set the Women's College World Series record for batting average at .750 in 1994. For their careers, Nuveman and McCutcheon (Pac-12), Bramlett (SEC), Kacie Burnett (Big Sky), Sammy Marshall (Summit), Morgan Zerkle (USA), Jeanne Weinsheim (WCC), Sierra Romero (Big 10), Jen Yee (ACC in three seasons with .425 average), Jenny Topping (Big West in three seasons with .441 average), Lindenberg (WAC in three seasons with a .440 average), Thompson (Ivy), Keohohou (MWC in three seasons with a .436 average), Kim Miller (Patriot), Ali Viola (Big 12 in three seasons with .409 average), April Setterlund (American East), Erika Piancastelli (Southland), Kelly Kapp (MVC), Graziano (Big South in two seasons with .522 average) and Elkins (Sun Belt in three seasons with a .430 average) all own these conference career batting titles.

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