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The all-time home run leaders in college softball

On March 11, 2022, Oklahoma’s Jocelyn Alo became the all-time college home run leader, hitting her 96th bomb to surpass fellow Sooner Lauren Chamberlain. She ultimately finished with 122 in her career at Oklahoma.

Let’s take a closer look at some of the best sluggers in NCAA Division I history.

The complete list of college home run leaders

PLAYER TEAM YEARS GAMES WALKING HOME
Jocelyn Alo Oklahoma 2018-22 267 122
Karli Spad Miami (OH) 2021-24 225 103
Tiare Jennings Oklahoma 2021-24 (active) 249* 98*
Lauren Chamberlain Oklahoma 2012-15 220 95
Addison Barnard Wichita State 2021-24 206 93
Mia Davidson The state of Mississippi 2018-22 270 92
Jesse Harper Arizona 2017-21 239 92
Katiyana Mauga Arizona 2014-17 239 92
Stacey Nuveman UCLA 1997, 99, 2001-2002 264 90
Stacie Chambers Arizona 2008-11 250 87
Leah Braatz Arizona 1994-95, 97-98 271 85
Laura Espinoza Arizona 1992-95 251 85
Shelby Pendley Arizona/Oklahoma 2012, 13-15 236 84
Jesse Warren State of Florida 2015-18 253 83
Daniel Gomez Louisiana 2003-06 249 83
Sierra Romero Michigan 2012-15 253 82

*Jennings’ active total, as of June 5, 2024

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The all-time leader in college home runs

Jocelyn Alo sits atop the NCAA as all-time leader in home runs (122), slugging percentage (.987) and total bases (761), second all-time in RBIs (323) and fifth in runs (281). After tying the NCAA Division I softball record for home runs (95) against Texas State on February 20, the teams tiptoed around the slugger, walking her 16 times over the next eight games. But Alo ultimately hit the record-breaking homer in the most appropriate place: her home state of Hawaii. She eventually hit 26 more home runs to stand alone at the top as the home run queen. Her senior season also broke the record for slugging percentage, as she again passed Chamberlain at a .987 clip. She won USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year awards in 2021 and 2022.

Chamberlain achieved her total in the fewer matches. She hit 95 home runs in 220 games, as she was limited to just 39 appearances in her junior season due to back and PCL injuries. Considering she hit nearly one home run every two games, there were at least eight more home runs up for grabs. They came everywhere and everywhere, in the regular season, the NCAA Tournament or in a memorable two-home run game in the Women’s College World Series finals.

In 2024, Miami (Ohio)’s Karli Spaid and Oklahoma’s Tiare Jennings jumped Chamberlain to take over spots Nos. 2-3 on the all-time list.

Arizona’s Katiyana Mauga made a historic run at Chamberlain’s title, but still fell three short, as did fellow Wildcat Jessie Harper and 2022 Mississippi State graduate Mia Davidson. That said, Mauga certainly left her mark in the NCAA, conference and school record books. She is the only college softball player with four career 20-home run seasons, hitting 20, 26, 21 and 25 from her freshman to senior seasons. Mauga ended her illustrious career as the Pac-12’s all-time leader in home runs with 92.

She is tied for the most home runs in Arizona program history, which may seem obvious but is also worth noting. Mauga is one of six Arizona sluggers in the top 13 home run hitters of all time. Stacie Chambers, Leah Braatz, Lauren Espinoza and Harper join her as five of eight players to hit 85 or more home runs in their careers.

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Stacey Nuveman had a long tenure at UCLA, where he redshirted due to injury in 1998 before redshirting a second time to help the 2000 U.S. Olympic team win the gold medal in 2000 (and then the following summer for the American softball team to play). Nuveman led the nation in home runs with 31 in 1999 and helped UCLA to another national championship, the eighth of twelve WCWS titles for the Bruins. To hold the school record in home runs for DI softball’s winningest program is quite a lofty achievement.

While Michigan’s Sierra Romero may occupy the last spot on our list of home run leaders with 82, she holds the honor of being college softball’s all-time leader in career grand slams. Thirteen percent of her home runs came as grand slams, her 11 the best in college softball history, as did her 302 runs scored. And while she may be at the bottom of our top 10 here, she is in the top five all-time in slugging percentage, finishing with a career mark of .882.

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Harper and Alo are the most recent entries into the top 10 and will break through in 2021.

Before that, Jessie Warren was the newest entry. She hit 21 home runs in her 2018 senior campaign, giving her 83 all-time. She was also named the 2018 Women’s College World Series Most Outstanding Player by leading Florida State to its first national championship in program history.

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