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Sherrill earns ACC defensive POY, one of eight Noles honored

Sydney Sherrill’s glove has consistently been one of the best in college softball throughout her Florida State career. And the senior third baseman takes another honor, being recognized as the ACC’s defensive player of the year on Wednesday for a third consecutive season.

Sherrill hit .324 with eight home runs, 13 doubles, 37 RBI and a team-leading 43 runs scored. She also flashed the glove making the routine plays as well as highlight-reel plays while making just four errors at third base (she had a .977 fielding percentage). The ACC has awarded defensive player of the year in softball just the last four years.

FSU placed eight student-athletes on the 2022 All-ACC Teams. Sherrill is joined by Kaley Mudge, Mack Leonard and Kathryn Sandercock on the first team. Michaela Edenfield, Devyn Flaherty and Kalei Harding were named to the All-ACC second team, and Danielle Watson was named to the third team.

Sandercock is on an All-ACC team for the third time in her. The right-hander went 26-1 and a 1.41 ERA, recording 139 strikeouts (and just 26 walks).

Mudge is on the All-ACC team for the first time in her career. She is second on the team with a .368 batting average while hitting six doubles, two triples and four home runs. Mudge was the ACC’s leader in hits in conference play (36), and her glove as well as arm in left field has helped keep runners off the bases or runs off the scoreboard for opponents.

Leonard leads FSU with a .383 batting average, .484 on-base percentage and 13 doubles. She also had one triple, seven home runs and 42 RBI. Leonard also earned three wins in the circle as she pitched 31 innings while recording a 2.48 ERA.

Flaherty made the All-ACC second team after she was on the first team a season ago. She was second on the team with a .368 batting average while recording 11 doubles, two triples and five home runs. Flaherty led the team with 22 stolen bases in 25 attempts.

Harding was named to the second team after being selected to the third team and freshman team a season ago. She batted .301 with 11 doubles and 12 home runs, leading to 47 RBI. She hit 10 home runs in conference play, leading all players in the ACC.

Edenfield led the team in home runs (16) and RBI (49). She is three home runs shy of tying Jessie Warren’s FSU freshman home run record (19).

Watson (16-4) finished the regular season with a 2.10 ERA. She recorded 140 strikeouts in 120 innings while holding hitters to a .192 batting average.

A complete list of All-ACC honors can be viewed here.

The Seminoles begin play in the ACC Tournament on Thursday at 7:30 PM against Virginia (ACC Network). The ACC Tournament begins with two games on Wednesday afternoon.