TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — After the Seminoles garnered a pair of Top 3 rankings in the major softball polls on Tuesday, a pair of FSU student-athletes received individual honors Wednesday as Meghan King and Sydney Sherrill were each named to the Top 50 Watch List of the 2019 USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year.
It is the sixth year in a row that a Seminole softball player has been listed on USA Softball’s preseason watch list, and the fourth time in the last five years that FSU has had multiple student-athletes honored as the Noles had two each in 2015 and 2018, and three in 2017.
During the 2019 season, Florida State will play 11 regular season games against eight teams that have a combined 15 players on the Top 50 Watch List. The Seminoles will take on at least one Watch List player in five of the six games at the St. Pete/Clearwater Elite Invitational as No. 4 Oklahoma has three players and No. 8 Tennessee, No. 10 LSU, No. 23 Minnesota and No. 24 Ohio State each have one player recognized. No. 6 Arizona is tied for the most selections with four, while No. 5 Florida has three, and the Seminoles will also play Louisiana Tech, which had one selection.
Florida State was the first school to have two different players win the award as Lacey Waldrop earned the nation’s top accolade in 2014, joining Jessica van der Linden from 2004.
King enters her final season in the Garnet and Gold with a career 78-14 record in the circle with a 1.66 ERA and eight saves. She is tied for second in saves in FSU history, and her 78 wins are eighth-most in Seminole history. She was named to the 2018 WCWS All-Tournament Team a year ago as she posted a 4-0 record, 0.20 ERA and a save throughout the Women’s College World Series to lead the Seminoles to their first NCAA National Championship.
Sherrill looks to build on an impressive freshman season from 2018 where she matched the NCAA record of 29 doubles and earned NFCA Third Team All-American honors, along with being selected to the WCWS All-Tournament Team. She finished the year with a .370 batting average, 81 hits, 46 runs scored, 12 home runs, 58 RBI, a .676 slugging percentage and 16 stolen bases.
The Seminoles will celebrate Fan Day at JoAnne Graf Field on Saturday, February 2 at 2:00 p.m., with a scrimmage and other events happening throughout the afternoon. The evening will close with a Kickoff Social at 5:00 p.m., and tickets are available through the Seminole Boosters at https://one.fsu.edu/boosters/events/softballkickoffsocial.
The 2019 regular season will open on Friday, February 8 with the inaugural JoAnne Graf Classic as UNC Wilmington, UNC Greensboro and Iowa State come to Tallahassee for the three-day weekend tournament to celebrate the historic NFCA Hall of Fame coach.
Season tickets are still available, and single-game tickets for all February games will go on sale on February 1. For ticket information, go to www.seminoles.com/tickets.
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2019 USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year Top 50 Watch List
Jocelyn Alo, Oklahoma, Utility, Sophomore
Taran Alvelo, Washington, Pitcher, Senior
Kelly Barnhill, Florida, Pitcher, Senior
Sis Bates, Washington, Infield, Junior
Meghan Beaubien, Michigan, Pitcher, Sophomore
Kylan Becker, Ole Miss, Outfield, Senior
Autumn Bishop, Liberty, Infield, Junior
Mackenzie Boesel, South Carolina, Infield, Junior
Andria Booth, Gardner-Webb, Outfield, Senior
Elissa Brown, Alabama, Outfield, Junior
Madison Cathcart, Seattle, Infield, Junior
Mia Davidson, Mississippi State, Catcher, Sophomore
Alyssa DiCarlo, Georgia, Infield, Senior
Miranda Elish, Texas, Pitcher, Junior
Amber Fiser, Minnesota, Pitcher, Junior
Morganne Flores, Washington, Catcher, RS Junior
Nichole Fry, Long Beach State, Infield, Senior
Rachel Garcia, UCLA, Pitcher, RS Junior
Megan Good, James Madison, Pitcher, RS Senior
Mary Haff, Arkansas, Pitcher, Sophomore
Jessie Harper, Arizona, Infield, Junior
Jessica Hartwell, Texas Tech, Infield, Senior
Savannah Heebner, Houston, Pitcher, Senior
Kelsey Horton, New Mexico State, Infield, Senior
Janae Jefferson, Texas, Infield, Sophomore
Aaliyah Jordan, UCLA, Outfield, RS Sophomore
Giselle Juarez, Oklahoma, Pitcher, Junior
Meghan King, Florida State, Pitcher, RS Senior
Aubrey Leach, Tennessee, Infield, Senior
Rachel Lewis, Northwestern, Utility, Sophomore
Kendyl Lindaman, Florida, Catcher, Junior
Amanda Lorenz, Florida, Outfield, Senior
Makayla Martin, Auburn, Pitcher, Senior
Taylor McQuillin, Arizona, Pitcher, Senior
Cielo Meza, Arizona State, Pitcher, Junior
Dejah Mulipola, Arizona, Catcher, Junior
Nicole Newman, Drake, Pitcher, RS Senior
Bubba Nickles, UCLA, Outfield, Junior
Alyssa Palomino, Arizona, Outfield, Junior
Lilli Piper, Ohio State, Infield, Senior
Gabbie Plain, Washington, Pitcher, Sophomore
Katie Reed, Kentucky, Infield, Senior
Sydney Romero, Oklahoma, Infield, Senior
Amanda Sanchez, LSU, Infield, Senior
Alison Seng, Boise State, Infield, Sophomore
Kiana Sherlund, Illinois, Outfielder, Senior
Sydney Sherrill, Florida State, Infield, Sophomore
Madi Sue Montgomery, Oklahoma State, Infield, Senior
Libby Sugg, BYU, Catcher, Senior
Morgan Turkoly, Louisiana Tech, Outfield, Senior