Barnard, McKinney Named to USA Softball Top 50 Watch List

WICHITA, Kan. – USA Softball released its top 50 collegiate players watch list of the year Wednesday morning, and it’s no surprise to see Wichita State’s two returning All-Americans on the list.

Addison Barnard i Sydney McKinney making Wichita State one of 14 schools with multiple selections. McKinney is on the prestigious watch list for the second consecutive season after becoming a Top 10 finalist a season ago.

Barnard is fresh off a sophomore campaign that saw her rank first nationally in home runs per game and RBIs per game; second in home runs and slugging percentage; and third in RBI and total bases. The Beatrice, Neb., native set an NCAA season record with her 0.63 homers per game. He scored 33 in just 52 games. Barnard finished his record-setting season hitting .391 with 33 home runs, 84 RBI and batting 1.018.

McKinney became a two-time All-American after his own record-breaking 2022 season. He led the nation in hits (97) and batting average (.522), while hitting a career-high 13 home runs and driving in 38. McKinney already holds multiple season and career records at Wichita State. He enters his senior season needing just 25 hits to become the first Shocker with 300 career hits.

The Top 50 Observer list highlights athletes from 26 universities and nine athletic conferences across the country, with Oklahoma leading the universities in recognition as eight Sooners join the list, followed by Arkansas, Florida and UCLA with three athletes each. In addition, ten universities had two athletes on the list, while 12 college programs were highlighted with one. Among the 50 athletes who will return to the spotlight for the prestigious award is 2022 Top 3 finalist Baylee Klingler (Washington), as well as 2022 Top 10 finalists Jordy Bahl (Oklahoma), Grace Lyons (Oklahoma), Kelly Maxwell (Oklahoma State), Sydney McKinney (Wichita State) and Danielle Williams (Northwestern).


The Southeastern Conference (SEC) leads the athletic conferences with 18 athletes inducted, followed by the Big 12 Conference with 11, the Pac-12 Conference with seven and the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) with six. Also represented are the American Athletic Conference (AAC) with three athletes and the Big Ten Conference with two, while the Mid-American Conference, Mountain West Conference and Sun Belt Conference each feature one athlete each.

USA Softball will narrow the list to 25 on April 19, before naming 10 finalists on May 3 and the final three on May 17.

About USA Softball
USA Softball (USAS) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization based in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, and is designated as the National Governing Body (NGB) of Softball in the United States and a member of the United States. Olympic and Paralympic Committee of the States. One of the nation’s largest sports organizations, USAS sanctions competition through a network of local associations, which includes all 50 states and select metro associations. USAS is dedicated to giving people of all ages the opportunity to play the game they love at a variety of levels, offering recreational, league, tournament and competitive games for fast, slow and modified games. USAS conducts thousands of tournaments across the country annually, including more than 100 national championships. The USAS umpire program is among the largest in the country and they are widely regarded as the best trained umpires in the game.

As the NGB of the sport of softball, USAS is responsible for training, equipping and promoting the six US national softball teams that compete in events such as the Olympics, Pan American Games, World Championships and other international events and national For more information about USAS, including its founding and history as the Amateur Softball Association of America (ASA), visit www.USASoftball.com.

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