May 11, 2022

Sydney Sherrill Earns ACC Defensive Player of the Year Honors; Eight Named to All-ACC Teams

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — For the third straight season, Sydney Sherrill has been named the ACC Defensive Player of the Year. She was named to the All-ACC Team along with seven others on the Seminole softball team.

The ACC Defensive Player of the Year award has been around for only four years and Sydney Sherrill has won it three times, solidifying her as one of the best defensive players in conference history.

Sherrill was a brick wall all season long at third base, earning a .977 fielding percentage in the regular season and a perfect fielding percentage in ACC Play. She added a .324 batting average to her defensive performance as she recorded a team-high 13 doubles to go with 37 RBI and eight home runs.

She is a part of a Seminole defense that led the country in fielding percentage (.983) while turning 23 double plays.

Florida State placed eight student-athletes on the 2022 All-ACC Teams as announced by the Atlantic Coast Conference on Wednesday.

Sherrill is joined by Kaley Mudge, Mack Leonard and Kathryn Sandercock on the first team. Michaela Edenfield, Devyn Flaherty and Kalei Harding were named to the All-ACC second team and Danielle Watson was named to the third team.

Sydney Sherrill has been named to the All-ACC first team in all four years that the honor was given out during her time at FSU. Sherrill hit .324 this regular season while leading the team with 13 doubles and 43 walks. She is FSU and the ACC’s all-time doubles leader with 79 in her career. Sherrill also ranks second at FSU in career walks (178) and third in home runs (42) runs scored (219) and RBI (205).

Sandercock is on an All-ACC team for the third time in her career and is on the first team for the second straight season. She was named to the All-ACC First Team this season after leading the Seminoles with 26 wins. Sandercock also leads the Garnet and Gold with a 1.41 ERA in 169.1 innings pitched.

Kaley Mudge is on the All-ACC team for the first time in her career. She is second on the team with a .368 batting average while hitting six doubles, two triples and four home runs. Mudge was the ACC’s leader in hits in conference play (36).

Mack Leonard rounded out the Seminole’s selections to the first team. She led the Noles with a .383 batting average and 13 doubles. She also had one triple, seven home runs and 42 RBI. Leonard also earned three wins in the circle as she pitched 31 innings while recording a 2.48 ERA.

Devyn Flaherty made the All-ACC second team after she was on the first team a season ago. Flaherty was second on the team with a .368 batting average while recording 11 doubles, two triples and five home runs. She led the team with 22 stolen bases in 25 attempts.

For the second consecutive season, Kalei Harding was selected to the All-ACC team. This season she was named to the second team after being named to the third team and freshman team a season ago. She batted .301 with 11 doubles and 12 home runs, leading to 47 RBI. She hit 10 home runs in conference play leading all players in the ACC.

Michaela Edenfield was FSU’s final selection to the second team. She led the team in home runs (16) and RBI (49). She is currently three home runs shy of tying Jessie Warren’s FSU freshman home run record (19).

Danielle Watson was Florida State’s lone selection to the All-ACC third team. She finished the regular season with 16 wins and a 2.10 ERA. She recorded 140 strikeouts in 120 innings while holding her opponents to a .192 batting average.

The Seminoles begin play in the ACC Tournament on Thursday at 7:30 PM against Virginia. The game is on the ACC Network.

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