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Kelly Barnhill, Meghan Gregg named as finalists for USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year

The SEC’s Player and Pitcher of the Year are up for the top honor in the sport.

Jordan McPherson/Alligator Staff

Florida Gators hurler Kelly Barnhill and Tennessee Volunteers infielder Meghan Gregg are among the 10 finalists for USA Softball’s Player of the Year award.

Barnhill and Gregg were honored on Tuesday by the Southeastern Conference for their performance this past season as the Gators pitcher was named the SEC Pitcher of the Year while the Vol infielder was honored as the SEC Player of the Year. So the accolades continue to roll on for these two, and we’d expect that trend to continue.

Gregg, a junior, led the league in batting average (.448) while posting an OPS of 1.384. She also clubbed 18 doubles, a triple and 11 home runs with 47 runs scored and 71 RBI. She struck out just 11 times this season in 145 at-bats while drawing 30 walks.

Barnhill, meanwhile, was one of the best pitchers in the country. The sophomore posted an ERA of just 0.33 in 146.2 innings. She racked up 278 strikeouts to just 27 walks, allowed only 14 extra-base hits, had 13 complete games and a BAA of .123.

Joining Barnhill and Gregg in the Top 10 are:

  • Jessica Burroughs, P, Florida State
  • Jessica Warren, IF, Florida State
  • Megan Good, P, James Madison
  • Sara Groenewegen, P, Minnesota
  • Katiyana Mauga, IF, Arizona
  • Sydney O’Hara, P, Syracuse
  • Danielle O’Toole, P, Arizona
  • DJ Sanders, IF, Louisiana

Per the press release, the Top 3 finalists for the USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year award will be revealed on May 24th.