The Florida softball team earned a much needed series sweep of Arkansas this weekend. Kelly Barnhill led the charge in the circle with two complete games and the offense took advantage of several Razorbacks fielding micues in taking the series.
Florida got the 3-0 win despite being limited offensively to only three hits. In the second inning, Jaimie Hoover started the scoring with a single back to the pitcher that was thrown well past first base allowing Lily Mann to score easily.
The Gators would add two more unearned runs in the fourth as Hannah Adams reached on a fielder’s choice which also was a poorly thrown ball and allowed Kendyl Lindaman and Jaimie Hoover to score.
Kelly Barnhill (20-5) threw a complete game, striking out 7 without allowing a walk.
The Gators clinched the series with a run-rule 8-0 victory on Saturday.
Florida scored early in often in the shortened contest. The Gators took a 3-0 lead before the Razorbacks were able to record an out thanks to a Kendyl Lindaman 3-run blast.
Florida hit a total of three homers in the game, also getting solo shots from Amanda Lorenz (2nd inning) and Jaimie Hoover (3rd inning).
In total the Gators recorded 11 hits from eight different batters in the lineup.
Elizabeth Hightower (2-0) received the start and pitched an excellent game in earning the win. Her first line read, 5 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 6 K, 2 BB.
The Gators completed the sweep with a 3-1 win on Sunday.
For the first time in the series, Florida trailed as Arkansas’ Katie Warrick hit a solo homer over the wall in left field in the second inning.
The Gators showed their resilience with a pair of runs in the third.
Jade Caraway grounded out to third base for that scored pinch runner Amanda Beane. Beane dodged an attempted tag before the throw over to first that allowed her to score.
Jordan Matthews then scored on Amanda Lorenz’ single up the middle.
Lorenz also got an RBI on a double to left off the wall that scored Caraway for a 3-1 lead.
Barnhill (21-5) once again led the way in the circle and kept Florida in it before the Gators were able to break the game open. Barnhill tossed seven innings, allowed only two hits and struck out eight and walked two.
Florida moves to .500 in SEC play (6-6) with the sweep. The Gators will face South Florida in midweek action on Wednesday before heading to College Station to take on Texas A&M in league play next weekend. The Aggies are currently in last place with a 3-9 conference record.