TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – With No. 3 Florida State softball earning team accolades on Tuesday behind its highest preseason ranking in school history, a trio of student-athletes have been recognized for their individual talents as Jessica Burroughs, Alex Powers and Jessica Warren have been selected to the Top 50 Watch List for the 2017 USA Softball Collegiate National Player of the Year, as announced on Wednesday.
The Seminoles are one of just five schools in country to have three athletes on the Watch List, joining Arizona, Auburn, Florida and Oklahoma. All three FSU players were named NFCA All-Americans in 2016 and the 2017 season marks the first time that FSU will have a roster with three players that have previous All-America honors.
It is the fourth consecutive season that the Seminoles have placed a student-athlete on the preseason Watch List, joining Lacey Waldrop in 2014, Waldrop and Maddie O’Brien in 2015 and Burroughs in 2016. Waldrop went on to be named the USA Softball Collegiate National Player of the Year in 2014, enabling Florida State to become the only school to have multiple winners of the award as Jessica van der Linden was chosen as the nation’s best player in 2004.
Powers earned NFCA Second Team All-American honors in 2016 as she was also named the ACC Player of the Year. The first baseman led the team with a .396 batting average and 78 hits, while adding 16 doubles, 16 home runs, 63 RBI and 62 runs scored. Powers went 8-for-14 from the plate at the 2016 Women’s College World Series, with two doubles, two home runs, four RBI and three runs scored and was named to the WCWS All-Tournament Team.
Burroughs earned the first NFCA All-America honor of her career in 2016, earning a spot on the Third Team after a 29-5 record in the circle with a 1.86 ERA, 235 strikeouts and limiting opponents to a .168 batting average. She was named 2016 ACC Pitcher of the Year and was also selected to the WCWS All-Tournament Team after securing victories over No. 14 UCLA and No. 2 Michigan. Burroughs tossed a pair of no-hitters in 2016, but had 15 different appearances on the season where she allowed zero or one base hit, tossing 57.0 innings with only eight hits, nine walks and 90 strikeouts in those 15 games.
Warren continued to grow her career after being named the ACC Freshman of the Year in 2015 and turned in an All-American quality season in 2016 as she ended up on the NFCA Third Team. She was named to the All-ACC First Team and finished the season with a .380 batting average, 71 hits, 71 runs, 12 doubles, 20 home runs and 78 RBI. Her RBI (third), runs (seventh) and home run (eighth) totals all ranked in the top 10 nationally, and also were the second-most in a single season in FSU history in all three categories. Warren enters her junior season in second place on the FSU career list with 39 home runs and in seventh place with 135 RBI.
While freshmen were not eligible for the Top 50 Watch List, they will be considered when USA Softball announces the Top 25 Finalists on April 12. That list gets narrowed down to a Top 10 on May 10, Top 3 on May 24 and the 2017 USA Softball Collegiate National Player of the Year will be announced on May 30 in Oklahoma City, Okla., prior to the Women’s College World Series.
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