For the second straight time, Sydney Sherrill has been named the ACC Defensive Player of the Year.
It is the third time in the last four award cycles that a Seminole has earned ACC Defensive Player of the year honors as Jessie Warren won the award in 2017 and Sherrill won the award for the first time in 2019.
“I definitely take pride in the defense,” Sherrill said. “It’s definitely been something that I’ve loved. Probably my most loved part of the game. Hitting is so hard and it’s so mentally challenging. Defensively just being able to get out there and release all the hitting stress and the mental toughness you have to go through hitting-wise. Defensively it’s just reaction and it just comes easy. It’s really fun and I enjoy doing it.”
Sherrill patrolled the hot corner all season, earning a .977 fielding percentage with just two errors in 32 ACC games. She added a .345 batting average to her defensive performance, hitting 10 doubles with 17 RBI against ACC competition.
She is a part of a Seminole defense that leads the league in fielding percentage (.975) and double plays (25), has the fewest errors (33) and ranks second in ERA (1.70).
Six ‘Noles make All-ACC team
Florida State placed six student-athletes on the 2021 All-ACC Teams as announced by the ACC on Tuesday. Sydney Sherrill is joined by Devyn Flaherty and Kathryn Sandercock on the first team. Caylan Arnold was named to the All-ACC Second Team, Dani Morgan and Kalei Harding were named to the Third Team. Flaherty and Harding were also named to the ACC’s All-Freshman team.
This is the third consecutive season that Sherrill has been named to the All-ACC first team. Sherrill was second on the team with a .299 batting average. She led the team with 11 doubles, leading to 25 RBI. She is the ACC’s all-time leader in doubles with 62.
Sandercock is on an All-ACC team for the second time in her career at FSU. She was named to the All-ACC first team this season after leading the Seminoles with 21 wins. Sandercock also leads the Garnet and Gold with a 1.17 ERA in 119.2 innings pitched.
Devyn Flaherty rounds out the Seminoles’ selections to the All-ACC First Team. Flaherty finished ACC play with a .333 batting average with five doubles and four home runs, leading to 15 RBI. She leads the Seminoles in stolen bases this season as she is a perfect 16 for 16.
Caylan Arnold was the Seminoles’ lone selection to the All-ACC Second Team. Arnold is the team leader in strikeouts with 122 in 104.1 innings pitched. 74 of those strikeouts came in conference play. She has nine wins the season and a 1.61 ERA.
Dani Morgan and Kalei Harding represented the Seminoles on the All-ACC Third Team. Morgan hit .310 in conference play with three doubles and two home runs. She also had 25 of her 26 RBI on the year against ACC competition. Harding led the Seminoles with a .301 batting average as a freshman this season. She led the Seminoles with 17 extra-base hits, including nine doubles, three triples and five home runs. Harding also led the Seminoles with 35 RBI.
FSU begins play at the 2021 ACC Tournament in Louisville on Thursday at 5 p.m. against the UNC-NC State winner. FSU’s game will be televised by the ACC Network.