It’s crunch time for the Gators softball team. With one more series remaining before the SEC Tournament, Florida needed to make a statement. They did just that with a series win on the road against Auburn.
Florida took game one behind a Kelly Barnhill no-hitter, the twelfth of her career, but dropped game two, 2-1 in 10 innings.
Florida opened with a 4-0 lead before the Tigers even had a chance to bat. Jordan Roberts hit a grand slam to right center that brought in Amanda Lorenz, Kendyl Lindaman, and Hannah Adams.
That support was all Kelly Barnhill needed. The Gators ace pitcher gave up a solo homer to Tannon Snow in the first, but limited the Tigers to just two hits for the day.
Florida added two insurance runs in the third as Hannah Sipos hit an RBI single up the middle and Cheyenne Lindsey grounded out to the pitcher that allowed Roberts to score from third to make it 6-1.
- Barnhill’s final line: 7 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 10 K, 0 BB
- Amanda Lorenz and Kendyl Lindaman: (each) 1-2, 2 BB, R
- Florida hitter went 4-7 (.571) to lead off innings.
Florida will conclude regular season play with a series against Mississippi State at home from Friday-Sunday.
The Bulldogs are 30-19 overall but only 7-14 in league play. However, they did just sweep Missouri.
Florida jumped Auburn for sixth in the SEC standings and sit one game behind Tennessee for fifth place entering the SEC Tournament.