No.3 Florida picked up a pair of wins on the final day Sunday of the Bubly Invitational with decisions over Syracuse, 8-2, and Florida A&M, 7-1, at Katie Seashole Pressly Stadium.
In the first game against the Orange (4-9), the Gators (18-0) were led by strong performances from Amanda Lorenz and Kendyl Lindaman at the plate, while Kelly Barnhill (9-0) and Elizabeth Hightower combined for seven quality innings in the circle.
Florida collected eight runs on eight hits, as Lorenz contributed a pair to go with three runs scored and an RBI on a solo home run to start the game, which was Lorenz’s fourth leadoff home run this season. Lindaman continued her hot start to the season with a two-RBI single in the second inning and a groundout that scored another later in the sixth.
Barnhill contributed 4.2 innings of scoreless softball that included seven strikeouts, while she only allowed three hits en route to the win for her and the team.
In the second game, UF handled the Rattlers (1-12), as the offense and defense continued to produce.
Danni Farley (2-0) was consistent against FAMU as she hurled five strikeouts through 6.2 innings and limited the opposition to just a pair of hits and run.
Jordan Roberts, Jaimie Hoover and Hannah Adams led the way for the Gators as the trio combined for five of the seven hits and runs in the game.
Overall, there was plenty to be proud of for the Gators at the Bubly Invitational. One of the most notable being the .353 average at the plate and 44 runs scored over the six-game span.
The Gators travel to Fullerton, Calif., for six games Wednesday-Saturday with the first of those coming against UCLA at 9 p.m. EST on Wednesday.
Women’s tennis: The Gators lost to UCF 4-3 at the USTA National Campus as part of the College MatchDay Series on Lake Nona. The Gators dropped to 3-4 on the season, while the Knights improved to 8-2. The Gators open SEC play at 5 p.m. Friday against Ole Miss in Gainesville.