Florida’s Barnhill wins ESPY

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Florida pitcher Kelly Barnhill won the 2017 ESPY for Best Female Collegiate Athlete during an awards celebration in Los Angeles. [Brad McClenny/Staff Photographer/file]

LOS ANGELES – Florida sophomore Kelly Barnhill added another postseason award late Wednesday as she took home the 2017 ESPY for Best Female Collegiate Athlete during an awards celebration at the Microsoft Theater.

The Marietta, Ga., native became the first player in UF program history to receive an ESPY award.

Also on the ballot for the award was Stanford’s Inky Ajanaku (volleyball), West Virginia’s Kadeisha Buchanan (soccer), Washington’s Kelsey Plum (basketball) and Maryland’s Zoe Stukenberg (lacrosse).

This past season Barnhill helped lead the Gators back to the Women’s College World Series with national leading marks in earned run average (0.51) and strikeouts per seven innings (13.0).

Those two staggering statistics also went down as the best in a single season by a Florida pitcher but she also set records in lowest opponent batting average (.121), most combined shutouts (10), most strikeouts looking (100) and lowest stolen base percentage (.333).

The 25th annual show honoring the past year’s top athletes and sports moments is a production by ESPN.

Barnhill’s Season Awards
2017 ESPY – Best Female Collegiate Athlete
2017 Honda Sports Award
2017 USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year
2017 espnW Player of the Year
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 (2/20, 4/11, 4/18, 4/25, 5/2)
USA Softball Co-Player of the Week – (4/18)
Louisville Slugger/NFCA Pitcher of the Week – (4/18)
ESPNW Player of the Week – (4/18)