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Saturday, July 15, 2017

Florida's Barnhill Wins ESPY for Best Female College Athlete

Florida pitcher and National Player of the Year Kelly Barnhill took home an ESPY award on Wednesday night, winning the award for Best Female College Athlete.

Photo via Kelly Barnhill/Twitter
Barnhill, who was also named the USA Softball National Player of the Year and the SEC Pitcher of the Year during the season, finished the year with a 0.51 ERA and twenty-six victories in thirty-seven appearances, as she helped the Gators to the Women's College World Series championship series.

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.

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