For much of Friday’s NCAA Opener, the Gators looked much more like the team that found themselves with a .500 SEC record than the team that swept past three Top-20 programs in three days in the conference tournament.
The Gators spent four innings leaving runners on base or watching strike three go past them.
For four innings, Boston’s Ali DuBois held the Gators without a hit.
In the fifth inning, Cheyenne Lindsey became the first player to record a hit with a one-out pinch hit single to right. Lindsey also scored the eventual game winning run.
Lindsey advanced to second base on an Alex Voss sacrifice bunt. DuBois was clearly pitching around Lorenz to force Kendyl Lindaman to the plate with two outs and runners on first and second. Lindaman made BU pay for the decision. She took the second pitch of the at-bat to left-center that scored Lindsey for the go-ahead run.
Hannah Adams then singled through the right side to score Lorenz and pinch-runner Lily Mann, giving the Gators a 3-0 lead.
Barnhill pitched well, but admitted she didn’t feel it was her best stuff. She utilized dropballs and screwballs (pitches down in the zone) much more frequently than usual due to her riseball not placing as well as she’d like.
While Florida didn’t play their best, they did get the win. Florida advances in the winner’s bracket and will face Boise State on Saturday at 2:00 PM.
- Kelly Barnhill: 7 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 5 K, 0 BB
- Amanda Lorenz: 0-1, 2 BB, R
- Cheyenne Lindsey: 1-1, R
Florida will face Boise State from the Mountain West Conference. The Broncos defeated Stanford 9-1 in a surprising upset.
Boise State entered the weekend with the No. 10 ranked offense in the country.