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SB: Gators advance behind Barnhill’s one-hit gem

Photo by Kristen Oliff / ChompTalk.com

Final: Florida 3, LSU 0

The Florida Gators have moved on to the SEC Tournament semifinals behind the right arm of Kelly Barnhill and some early runs from the offense.

The Gators offense got out to a fast start as Amanda Lorenz hit a leadoff double to right field. Jordan Roberts plated her with a single to right field with two outs.

Florida tacked on two more in the second inning as Lorenz singled with the bases loaded to score Sophia Reynoso. Kendyl Lindaman followed by grounding into a fielder’s choice which scored Hannah Sipos.

Armed with a 3-0 lead, Kelly Barnhill went into cruise control in leading the Gators to the victory. Barnhill retired the side in order in five of the seven innings.

The only hit Barnhill allowed was a bunt-single by Aliyah Andrews in the third inning.

Fast stats:

  • Kelly Barnhill (28-11): 7 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 7 K, 1 BB
  • Amanda Lorenz: 3-4, RBI, 2B, R
  • Jordan Roberts: 1-2, 2 BB, RBI while batting in the 4-hole.
  • 0: Gators offense did not strikeout in the game
  • Florida 5-9 hitters: 1-13, RBI (Reynoso)

What’s next:

Florida advances to the SEC Tournament semifinals where they will face no. 10 Auburn vs no. 2 Tennessee winner. The game is slated for 4:30 PM first pitch on Friday.

The win over LSU may have been enough to secure a national seed, but the only way to be certain is to keep winning.

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