TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — With the 2018 Florida State softball team earning recognition on Tuesday by ranking in the Top 10 of both the NFCA and USA Softball preseason polls, a pair of Seminoles have received individual honors Wednesday as Jessie Warren and Meghan King were each named to the Top 50 Watch List for the 2018 USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year.
It is the fifth consecutive season with a Seminole listed on USA Softball’s preseason watch list and is the third time in the last four years that FSU has had multiple student-athletes honored as the Noles placed three on the list in 2017 and two in 2015.
In 2018, the Seminoles will play 12 regular season games against six teams that have a combined 12 players on the Top 50 Watch List. No. 3 Oregon has four members, while No. 16 Minnesota has three, with two for No. 2 Florida and one apiece from No. 11 Alabama, No. 18 Michigan and Texas State, who received votes in the NFCA preseason poll.
Florida State is one of just two schools in the country to have multiple players earn USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year honors as FSU’s Lacey Waldrop brought home the trophy in 2014, along with Jessica van der Linden in 2004. Florida joined FSU in that distinction in 2017 after Kelly Barnhill was named Player of the Year, following Lauren Haeger in 2015.
Warren enters her senior season as the NCAA’s active career leader in home runs (62), RBI (203) and runs scored (185), and is already in the FSU All-time Top 10 record book in six different categories. The two-time NFCA All-American earned ACC Player and Defensive Player of the year honors in 2017 and has been an All-ACC First Team member each season.
King begins her redshirt junior season after earning All-ACC First Team honors for the second year in a row in 2017. The Parkland, Fla., native ended the year with a 27-3 record and a 1.50 ERA, including wins over No. 1 Florida and No. 9 Arizona. She also added three saves a year ago to increase her career total to five, which ranks eighth-most in FSU history.
The Seminoles will open the 2018 season at RV Texas State on February 9-11, as they host the Bobcat Classic. FSU will play a total of five games against Portland State, Sam Houston State and Texas State throughout the weekend.
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2018 USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year Top 50 Watch List
Taran Alvelo, Washington, Pitcher
Maggie Balint, Oregon, Pitcher
Kelly Barnhill, Florida, Pitcher
Alyssa Barrera, Utah, Outfield
Kayla Bear, Eastern Illinois, Outfield
Kylan Becker, Ole Miss, Outfield
Devin Brown, South Alabama, Pitcher
Faith Canfield, Michigan, Infield
Kaylee Carlson, Auburn, Pitcher
Caleigh Clifton, Oklahoma, Infield
Jenna Cone, George Washington, Catcher
Elantra Cox, Ole Miss, Outfield
Aleah Craighton, Arizona, Outfield
Taylor Ellsworth, Texas, Catcher
Cortni Emanuel, Georgia, Outfield
Lea Foerster, Michigan State, Outfield
Rachel Garcia, UCLA, Pitcher
Meghan Gregg, Tennessee, Infield
Jessie Harper, Arizona, Infield
Carley Hoover, LSU, Pitcher
Kelsey Horton, New Mexico State, Utility
Maddie Houlihan, Minnesota, Outfield
Meghan King, Florida State, Pitcher
Megan Kleist, Oregon, Pitcher
Shay Knighten, Oklahoma, Infield
Kendyl Lindaman, Minnesota, Catcher
Emily Lochten, FAU, Infield
Amanda Lorenz, Florida, Outfield
Paige Lowary, Oklahoma, Pitcher
Alexis Mack, Oregon, Outfield
Taylor McQuillin, Arizona, Pitcher
Dejah Mulipola, Arizona, Catcher
Alexis Osorio, Alabama, Pitcher
Paige Parker, Oklahoma, Pitcher
Danielle Parlich, Minnesota, Infield
Jenavee Peres, San Diego State, Catcher
Kylee Perez, UCLA, Infield
Lili Piper, Ohio State, Infield
Sydney Romero, Oklahoma, Infield
Randi Rupp, Texas State, Pitcher
Shannon Saile, FIU, Pitcher
DJ Sanders, Oregon, Infield
Vanessa Shippy, Oklahoma State, Utility
Libby Sugg, BYU, Catcher
Taylor Van Zee, Washington, Infield
Tori Vidales, Texas A&M, Infield
Kyla Walker, Baylor, Outfield
Allie Walljasper, LSU, Pitcher
Jessie Warren, Florida State, Infield
Emily Watson, Tulsa, Pitcher