Special to The Sun
FULLERTON, Calif. – No. 3 Florida fell 7-1 to No. 2 UCLA on the first day of the Judi Garman Classic hosted by Cal State Fullerton at Anderson Family Field presented by USA Softball. A single=game record crowd of 1,227 was in attendance for the contest.
The Gators (18-1) scattered eight hits in the game against the Bruins (15-0) and broke onto the scoreboard in the sixth after junior Hannah Adams, 1-for-2, roped a double to left center that scored pinch-runner Jade Caraway.
At the plate, Kendyl Lindaman notched a 3-for-4 performance, while Adams, Amanda Lorenz, Jordan Roberts, Danielle Romanello and Sophia Reynoso each tallied a hit in the game.
In the circle, senior Kelly Barnhill (9-1) suffered her first loss of the season, while Holly Azevedo improved to 5-0 for the Bruins.
The all-time series between the Gators and UCLA now sits at 6-6. The two teams will meet again Friday at 12:30 p.m. (ET).
The Gators are set to bounce back with games against New Mexico, 12:30 p.m. (ET) and No. 20 Oregon, 3 p.m. (ET) Thursday.
Softball: Senior pitcher Kelly Barnhill earned her third consecutive SEC Pitcher of the Week honor after she picked up three wins last week. The accolade is Barnhill’s 12th of her career.
Barnhill (9-0) struck out 10 through 5 innings of work against Illinois State last Friday to open the Bubly Invitational, then followed up with a complete-game shutout of Syracuse on Saturday and threw another 4.2 innings against the ‘Cuse on Sunday to close out the weekend. Barnhill struck out 22 batters over just 15.2 innings of work, extended her scoreless inning streak to a season-high 23.1 innings and limited the opposition to just a .148 batting average.
Women’s basketball: Kayla Wells scored 24 points and No. 19 Texas A&M beat Florida 80-62 at the O’Connell Center on Monday.
Wells made a jump shot and a 3-pointer and Chennedy Carter followed with a pair of layups and Texas A&M led 17-6 before half the opening quarter had expired. The Aggies (21-6, 10-4 SEC) led 20-9 after one and stretched the margin with a 16-5 run and led by 22-points with 67 seconds to go before intermission.
Florida (7-20, 2-12) got hot after the break shooting 11 of 16 from the field, including 5 of 6 from 3-point range, and scored 28 points in the third. But the Aggies didn’t relent and shot 9 of 16 in the quarter for a 59-45 lead after three. Funda Nakkasoglu led the Gators with 22 points and Danielle Rainey added 17.
Thomas named SEC Gymnast of Week
After leading all league competitors with her 39.675 all-around in last Friday’s competition, Florida’s Trinity Thomas is the Southeastern Conference Gymnast of the Week.
Thomas has been honored in each of the SEC’s last seven weekly awards lists. This is her third Gymnast of the Week award. The SEC Freshman of the Week has gone to Thomas four times.
She used the SEC’s high all-around total of the weekend (39.675) to claim her third consecutive and fourth overall title in UF’s loss vs. No. 7 Georgia. Thomas now has three all-around totals among the nation’s top-16 for 2019 (39.70 – twice, 39.675 – Feb. 22).
Florida seeks the SEC regular-season trophy at Friday’s meet at No. 20 Arkansas. A win would give Florida at least a share of the league regular-season title.
Indoor Track and Field
For the second time this season, junior all-around phenom Grant Holloway garnered U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association National Athlete of the Week honors.
Holloway was the brightest star of the SEC Indoor Championships, as he set the meet’s individual scoring record with 28 points and helped the Gators capture the team title. Prior to last weekend, no man had scored more than 22.5 points at SEC Indoors.
The Chesapeake, Va., native also joined South Carolina’s Terrence Trammell (1999-2000) as the only other man in history to win the 60 meters and 60-meter hurdles titles at SEC Indoors. The night prior to his sprints-hurdles sweep, Holloway finished second in the long jump, missing gold by just two centimeters.
As if Holloway’s points total wasn’t impressive enough, Holloway broke the four-year-old 60 hurdles meet record twice, running 7.48 second in the preliminaries and 7.44 in the final, with the latter also being the third-fastest time in collegiate history.
Holloway and the reigning indoor national champion Gators head to Birmingham, Ala., for the NCAA Indoor Championships.