Brenda Stolle

  • Two-time NAIA All-American
  • Pitched Emporia State University to a 1980 National championship in softball and a 1981 runner-up finish
  • First woman inducted into the Emporia State Athletics Hall of Honor
Stolle, Brenda
Inducted 2012

Born: October 9, 1959 – Topeka, KS

Graduated: Silver Lake High School, 1977; Emporia State University, 1981; University of Kansas (M.A.), 1990


Brenda Stolle, a native of Silver Lake, Kansas, started playing softball when she was nine years old, often playing with her father and sisters on the practice fields of the small, northeast Kansas town.  It was those practice sessions that turned Stolle into one of the most dominant softball pitchers in collegiate history.

Early Player Career

Stolle picked up pitching at the age of fourteen as a way to add some “variety” to her game.  The decision to become a more complete player also helped to turn her into one of the game’s best.

Upon graduation from Silver Lake High School, Stolle enrolled at nearby Washburn University where it did not take long for her to announce her presence.  Yet, despite being named an All-CSIC (Central States Intercollegiate Conference) conference team at Washburn in 1978, she transferred to Emporia State University for her sophomore year.

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After transferring to Emporia State, Stolle not only led the Hornets to a national title in 1980 and national runner-up finish in 1981, but did so in dominating fashion.

Examine the numbers: Stolle’s career ERA at Emporia State is a mind-blowing 0.50, including a career low of 0.33 during the 1980 championship season.  Her career win-loss record for the Hornets stands at an astounding 66-15 and six saves.  Throw into the mix her total of 441 strikeouts in the two seasons the stat was kept (1980-1981) and it is easy to see why she had such an intimidating hold over hitters.


Stolle earned several honors during her playing career including being named a two-time NAIA All-American, the NAIA Most Valuable Player in 1981, and the FCA Kansas Female Athlete of the Year.  She was the first woman inducted into the Emporia State Athletics Hall of Honor in 1988.