Long before she announced her decision to transfer from Kentucky to Louisiana via Twitter on April 20, 2021 and the Athletic Department’s official announcement, released July 12, junior pitcher Meghan Schorman had already learned what it meant to pitch softball at a high level.
Hailing from Hazelwood, MO, Schorman pitched for Marquette Catholic High School for the 2016-18 seasons. On March 14 of her senior year, she recorded a no-hitter in her first start of the season. In a post-game interview, she showed outstanding maturity, giving credit to her defense and catcher first. She would go on to say, “I just want this season to be the best season we’ve ever had.”
36 wins in the circle would follow, a school record. On top of this, Schorman would earn First-Team All-Conference honors and Telegraph News Player of the Year.
After graduating and moving to Kentucky, Schorman would pitch in 15 starts and 31 appearances across two seasons for the Wildcats. Against Southeastern Conference bats, most pitchers would expect rough performances, but not Schorman, who went off in the shortened 2020 season for a 7–1 record and led her team with a 1.30 earned run average. She made getting out of jams look easy, as she would record several no-run relief outings despite the opposition putting up three, four or even five hits.
Numbers like these justify the faith that the Cajuns clearly have placed in her early this season, as Schorman has recorded the second-most innings pitched so far. She is currently top 10 in the Sun Belt Conference in strikeouts. Relief pitching remains where she is used most; in her eight appearances (also top 10 in the conference), Schorman has recorded a save and averaged a respectable 3.38 ERA and 20 strikeouts across 21⅓ innings and 344 pitches thrown in some of the Cajuns’ toughest games.
In a matchup with No. 21 ranked LSU over the first week of March, Schorman earned Sun Belt Conference Pitcher of the Week status by recording a win against Louisiana Tech and twice pitching in relief against the Tigers. She threw 201 pitches across a combined 12 innings with only one earned run to speak of for an unheard of 0.75 ERA with 21 strikeouts to boot. To hold a nationally ranked team to that little production is an amazing feat, and speaks to the quality of not only Schorman, but the entire Cajuns’ bullpen.
As of Saturday’s series double-header, Schorman holds a 4–2 starting record for the season, averaging an excellent 2.09 ERA in those games, and while her numbers speak for themselves, it’s the leadership and chemistry she has with the Cajuns team that is undoubtedly the best part of her game. And when Schorman’s production does find a rhythm, getting on base is going to be a challenge for even the best of batters.