Tennessee head coach Karen Weekly recently announced the addition of transfer pitcher Payton Gottshall to the Lady Vol softball program. After a dominant junior campaign this past spring, the right-hander from Massillon, Ohio, was named the 2022 Mid-American Conference Pitcher of the Year and will have two years of eligibility remaining when she arrives on Rocky Top.
“We faced Payton two years ago and could see that she had really good stuff,” Weekly said. “Being around her the last couple days, you can tell that she is extremely competitive and will bring a killer instinct to the circle. We’re excited that she is joining us on Rocky Top.”
A standout in the circle for three seasons at Bowling Green, Gottshall amassed a program-record 784 strikeouts with an impressive 1.77 career earned run average. In 92 career appearances, she touts a 58-30 win-loss record with 63 complete games, 19 shutouts and three perfect games. Her career 10.13 strikeouts per seven innings rank third among active NCAA players.