When all is said and done, Sydney Sherrill will be considered one of the great athletes in Florida State history.
It's not just what she can do with a bat in her hands -- and trust me, she can swing it. It's that she might be the best defensive third baseman in the country. There was the "The Relay" during last year's Women's College World Series Finals where she showed off her cannon. There was the game-winning double play during last year's WCWS that she started. There's been countless plays throughout her five seasons in the garnet and gold.
At this point, we may as well call her a Human Vacuum. But on Thursday night on national television, she looked more like Superwoman.
Sydney Sherrill's Superwoman Diving Tag
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The Human Vacuum fears nothing. Not clumps of dog hair. Not food crumbs. And certainly not hard-hit ground balls sent her way.
Sherrill was manning (or should I say womanning!) the hot corner against Oklahoma State Thursday night in a nationally-televised game on ESPN 2. The game turned out to be a thriller, as Florida State won in nine innings after Sherrill scored on a walk-off error.
In the top of the ninth, the senior defensive whiz kept the game tied on a terrific play. She fielded a ground ball, and instead of taking the easy out at first, she caught the Cowgirls runner on third way off the base by full-on diving to tag her out. It's the type of play that only the best of the best have the presence of mind to make.
It's exactly the type of play that has helped keep Florida State a softball powerhouse. After leaving last year's WCWS as runner-ups, they're 44-5 and one of the five best teams in the country.
It's the type of play that has made Sherrill a two-time ACC Defensive Player of the Year. It's the type of play that FSU fans have grown accustomed to seeing from her, and they should appreciate her while they still can.
Sherrill already has a national championship from FSU's 2018 season. If she keeps making plays like this, her career is all but certain to end where it began, which happens to be where she's from: Oklahoma.