Softball

SB: Gators drop third straight SEC series

Photo by Benjamin Fox / ChompTalk.com

The Florida softball team has dropped their third straight SEC series after a 3-1 loss to Mississippi on Sunday.

Florida relied heavily on ace pitcher Kelly Barnhill who opened the series with a marathon 15 inning complete game victory. Barnhill was also called upon for multiple innings of relief work on Saturday before starting the finale.

Friday:

Final: Florida 5, Ole Miss 2

Florida owned a 2-0 lead through four innings of play thanks to a Jordan Roberts homer, but the Rebels got both runs back in the fifth inning.

The contest went extra innings and stretched all the way to the fifteenth inning before either team would add a run.

In the top of the 15th, Jade Caraway led off with a single. Hannah Adams followed with a sac bunt to put Caraway in scoring position. Ole Miss pitcher Molly Jacobsen opted to intentionally walk defending SEC Player of the Year Amanda Lorenz. Kendyl Lindaman followed with a three-run homer to left which would prove to be the final score.

Saturday:

Final: Ole Miss 8, Florida 4

In a surprise move, Florida opted to start freshman Elizabeth Hightower over Natalie Lugo on Saturday.

Hightower pitched effectively, allowing only three runs (two earned) in five innings before giving way to Barnhill.

Florida trailed 3-0, but in the fifth the Gators struck for four and the lead thanks to a pair of homers by Jaimie Hoover and Kendyl Lindaman.

Ole Miss responded with a run on a bases loaded hit by pitch by Kelly Barnhill.

Saturday would go to extra innings as well, this time Ole Miss came out on top as Abbey Latham hit a grand slam for the walkoff win.

Sunday:

Final: Ole Miss 3, Florida 1

Rebels 1B Abbey Latham opened the scoring with a solo homer in the first inning, but Florida fought back with Hannah Adams singling home Hannah Sipos in the third to even the score.

The tie didn’t last long. SS Mikayla Allee hit her first career homer with a solo shot down the left field line. For Allee it was only her sixth hit of the year. Ole Miss tacked on one more run on a strikeout that squaked past Jordan Roberts.

Florida had opportunities to add more runs to the scoreboard (bases loaded in the fourth, two runners stranded in the fifth, and one left in both the sixth and seventh), but failed to hit in those situations.

Fast stats:

  • Kelly Barnhill’s line for the weekend: 23.2 IP, 16 H, 10 R (9ER), 30 K, 4 BB
  • Kendyl Lindaman’s line for the weekend: 5-13 2 HR, 6 RBI, 2B, 2 BB
  • For the weekend UF went 5-30 with runners in scoring position.

What’s next:

Florida will face #3 Florida State in Gainesville on Wednesday before a home series against #13 Arkansas this weekend.

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