Kelly Barnhill

Kelly Barnhill collected a handful of national awards for her pitching in the 2017 season after going 26-4 with a 0.51 ERA. She will be one of six current and former Gators playing for Team USA in two upcoming tournaments. 

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Six current and former Florida softball players were selected to the 2018 United States Women’s National Teams on Saturday.

Junior pitcher Kelly Barnhill, as well as past players Aubree Munro (2013-16), Kelsey Stewart (2013-16), Kirsti Merritt (2013-16) and Michelle Moultrie (2009-12) were named to the World Championship roster that will compete at both the World Cup of Softball and the WBSC Women’s World Championship in Chiba, Japan. Meanwhile, former pitcher Delanie Gourley (2014-17) was selected to the Japan All-Star Series roster that will participate at the World Cup of Softball as a second U.S. national team.

At least five current and former UF players have been named to the national team’s roster over the past three years. Moultrie is the longest former Gator representing her country, originally earning a spot on the team in 2011.

Stewart will be making her fifth straight appearance on the national team since 2014, while Gourley, Barnhill and Munro make their third overall appearance. 2018 will mark Merritt’s first selection to the national team.

“I’m just proud that their hard work has paid off,” Florida coach Tim Walton said in a release. “Can’t wait to see them play in the Red, White and Blue this summer.”

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