Gainesville, FL- Kelly Barnhill pitched well enough to earn a victory on Wednesday. Against a Florida State lineup that was hitting at a .368 clip entering the contest, Barnhill held the Seminoles to just four hits.
Unfortunately, the Gators offense spent most of the night waving at pitches out of the zone and Florida fell to their rival from Tallahassee by a 2-0 final.
Florida State opened the scoring in the first inning when Cali Harrod walked on four pitches. Harrod then stole second, though the throw beat her as it slipped past shortstop Sophia Reynoso. After a Barnhill strikeout and a single by Sydney Sherrill, RF Elizabeth Mason hit a sac fly to left that plated Harrod.
The Gators had one of their rare opportunities in the first as Amanda Lorenz and Kendyl Lindaman hit back to back singles to put runners on the corners. However FSU LHP Meghan King struck out Jordan Roberts to end the threat.
The Seminoles added to their lead with a solo homer from Makinzy Herzog in the fourth frame. For Herzog, it was just her second long ball of the year.
Lindaman hit a one out double in the sixth inning, but the runner failed to advance due to a strike out and a flyout that ended the inning.
With one last chance in the seventh, the Gators got a one out runner after a Reynoso single. Danielle Romanello, pinch hitting for Hannah Sipos, was ahead 3-0 in the count, but watched as two strikes went by and swung at a riseball from King. Jade Caraway struck out to end the game in the next at-bat.
Florida falls to 29-9 after the loss, but must rebound quickly as they welcome #14 Arkansas into Katie Seashole Pressly Stadium this weekend.
Barnhill, who dropped her fifth decision of the year, simply stated, “losing is always hard. It sucks.”
Head coach Tim Walton said that Barnhill’s riseball was “non-existent” but that she made the necessary adjustments after a rocky first two innings.
Walton also showed his frustration as he kicked a bucket in the dugout after a poor at-bat.