Another top finish predicted for FSU softball

Michaela Edenfield

 For the 11th consecutive season, the Florida State softball team was picked to win the ACC by the coaches as they are coming off their 19th ACC Tournament Championship and 14th ACC regular season championship in 2023.

The Seminoles placed an ACC-leading five players on the Preseason All-ACC Team. Kalei Harding, Jahni Kerr, Kaley Mudge, Makenna Reid and Michaela Edenfield were all named to the team. All five of the players earned All-ACC honors in 2023, as Kerr earned first team honors, Mudge, Edenfield and Reid earned second team honors, while Harding earned third team honors. 

Coming off their second national runner-up finish in the past three seasons, the Seminoles will return six out their top seven hitters from the 2023 team with some experience in the circle which includes Reid, Allison Royalty, Emma Wilson and Madi Balk. The Seminoles also brought in six freshmen and one transfer in Jaysoni Beachum, Angelee Bueno, Ashtyn Danley, Mimi Gooden, Kennedy Harp, Annie Potter and Isa Torres. 

FSU’s freshmen class was ranked the third-best class by Extra Inning Softball highlighted by Danley who was ranked the No. 2 player in the class. 

Meanwhile, Edenfield was named to USA Softball’s Player of the Year Top 50 Watch List last Wednesday. This is Edenfield’s first time she has appeared on USA Softball’s Player of the Year Watch Lists. 

Edenfield continued to display her power in 2023 as she led the team in both home runs (13) and RBI (53). She played in 68 of the Seminoles’ 69 games last season and made 64 starts mostly at the catcher position. Edenfield was phenomenal in the Women’s College World Series as she hit home runs against Oklahoma State and Tennessee and also recorded a hit in four of the five games in Oklahoma City to earn a spot on the WCWS All-Tournament Team. The redshirt junior out of Sneads, Fla., shined when it mattered most and came up big in clutch moments throughout the season. Twenty-five of Edenfield’s 39 hits in 2023 resulted in a run being scored for the Noles. 

The top 25 finalists for the USA Softball Player of the Year award will be announced on May 1.

The Seminoles open the regular season on Feb. 8 against Charlotte at the Seminole Softball Complex. 

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