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In addition to her Earned Run Average, a mark that led the nation, Barnhill collected 359 strikeouts in 193.2 innings of work. Opponents hit just .121 against her, while her thirteen shutouts were good enough for #3 in the nation in that category.
Nominated as one of five athletes up for the award, Barnhill bested Inky Ajanaku (Stanford volleyball); Kadeisha Buchanan (West Virginia soccer); Kelsey Plum (Washington basketball); and Zoe Stukenberg (Maryland lacrosse) to take home the trophy.
Oklahoma softballer Shay Knighten was also nominated for an ESPY for Best Championship Performance, but was bested in that category by Kevin Durant of the NBA's Golden State Warriors.