Oct 22, 2016; Ft Lauderdale, FL, USA; Florida Gators starting pitcher Kelly Barnhill (11) pitches against the Florida State Seminoles during the Rising Stars showcase at Central Park. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

Kelly Barnhill Named Best Female Collegiate Athlete

Florida softball pitcher Kelly Barnhill has added another post season award during Wednesday nights ESPY’s.


The sophomore was named the Best Female Collegiate Athlete, beating out Stanford’s Inky Ajanaku (Volleyball), Former Washington Kelsey Plum (Basketball), Maryland’s Zoe Stukenberg (Lacrosse) and West Virginia’s Kadeisha Buchanan (Soccer).

Kelly Barnhill

Barnhill led the nation with a 0.51 ERA and 12.98 strikeouts per seven innings, the best in a single season by a Florida pitcher. She finished the season with a 26-4 record and 359 total strikeouts. Barnhill also set records with the lowest opponent batting average of .121, most combined shutouts of 10, most strikeouts looking, 100, and lowest stolen base percentage, .333.

She helped led her team back to the Women’s College World Series. She had at least 40 innings without giving up an earned run.

 Season Awards

  • ESPY 2017 – Best Female Collegiate Athlete
  • Honda Sports Award – 2017
  • USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year – 2017
  • espnW Player of the Year – 2017
  • 2017 CoSIDA Academic All-American
  • NFCA All-American First Team
  • SEC Pitcher of the Year
  • All-SEC First Team
  • SEC Pitcher of the Week – 5x
  • USA Softball Co-Player of the Week
  • Louisville Slugger/NFCA Pitcher of the Week
  • ESPNW Player of the Week

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