Backed by strong pitching outings and a potent offense, Florida swept Oakland in a midweek double-header on Wednesday.
Game one: Florida 6, Oakland 2
The first game was domianted by the pitching of Florida starter Kelly Barnhill. Barnhill struck out 15 of the 18 batters she faced. Barnhill’s final stat line reads like this: 5.2 innings pitched, 1 hit allowed, 15 strikeouts.
Barnhill (3-0) gave way to freshman Natalie Lugo in the sixth inning.
Florida produced a run in the first inning when freshman Danielle Romanello hit a sacrifice fly to score Amanda Lorenz.
The Gators put together a five-run fifth frame where sophomore Jordan Roberts and freshman Hannah Adams each plated two runners with singles.
Grizzlies third baseman Madison Jones hit a 2-run homer in the seventh to ensure Florida didn’t shut Oakland out in the opening contest.
Game two: Florida 10, Oakland 0 (5)
Game two saw the combination of strong pitching and an offensive explosion.
Florida grabbed a 1-0 lead in the first inning with a Nicole DeWitt RBI single that scored Lorenz.
The Gators put a seven spot on the scoreboard in the second inning due to two errors on Oakland fielders. Six of the seven runs would be unearned.
Florida would tack on two more runs in the third inning when Kayki Kvistad doubled to the gap in left-center scoring DeWitt and Adams.
Katie Chronister (2-0), a Gainesville native, pitched a solid four innings allowing only one hit and striking out five. Lugo pitched the final frame of the run-rule victory.
Florida is now 10-1 overall this season and will host the Aquafina Invitaitonal. The Gators will play six games between Friday and Sunday. Florida takes on Maryland at 4:30 on Friday.