FLORIDA 5, FLORIDA STATE 1
Gainesville, FL– The #5 Florida Gators defeated #6 Florida State 5-1 thanks to a strong outing by starting pitcher, Kelly Barnhill and a sixth inning offensive explosion.
Barnhill led the Gators in picking up her 22nd win of the season, striking out ten and allowing only two walks in the complete game effort.
In the second inning, Barnhill escaped a self inflicted jam unscathed. After allowing a leadoff single to Jessie Warren, Barnhill fielded a sacrifice bunt and air mailed the throw to first putting runners on second and third with no out. Barnhill retired the next three in order, including two via strikeouts.
Florida finally saw the offense explode in the sixth inning. FSU starter Meghan King didn’t fair so well in her third trip through the Florida lineup. Amanda Lorenz started the inning singling up the middle for her second hit of the game. Nicole DeWitt followed with a double to center to score Lorenz for the lead. Sophia Reynoso later doubled down the third base line that cleared the loaded bases and extend Florida’s lead to 5-0. Reynoso said after the game, she didn’t know if it was fair, but was hoping it would stay fair, “it was enough to get some runs on the board.”
Warren connected with Barnhill’s first pitch of the seventh sending it into the camera well in center field. Barnhill bounced back though, striking out the final three Seminoles to complete the contest.
“Really good pitcher on their side, really good pitcher on our side, both of them really good in different ways, especially early in the game,” Florida head coach Tim Walton stated after the game.
The Gators improve to 42-7 while Florida State falls to 39-9 overall. Florida will complete the regular season with a home series against LSU beginning Friday.
W: Barnhill (22-1)
L: King (14-6)