No. 2 Gators softball wins series at S. Carolina


Kelly Barnhill strikes out a batter in the game.

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Published: Saturday, March 18, 2017 at 10:16 p.m.
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COLUMBIA, S.C. — Kelly Barnhill tossed a five-inning two-hitter and No. 2 Florida routed South Carolina 13-1 to win the SEC series Saturday. The Gators (25-1, 4-0 SEC) go for the sweep of the Gamecocks (19-9, 1-4) at 1 p.m. today.

Barnhill struck out nine in improving to 10-0.

Kayli Kvistad had a two-run single in the first inning and hit a two-run home run in the fifth, while Nicole DeWitt hit a three-run home run in the fourth as each Gator veteran accounted for four RBIs. Amanda Lorenz hit a two-run triple in the fifth.

BASEBALL

Auburn takes series from Florida, 2-1

AUBURN, Ala. — Auburn won a pitching duel Saturday, taking the baseball series with a 2-1 win over No. 5 Florida. Both starting pitchers held the offenses in check and completed seven innings. Florida's Brady Singer (2-1) allowed five hits and two runs while Auburn's Casey Mize (3-0) surrendered one run on five UF hits.

Auburn (16-5, 2-0 SEC) opened the scoring in the third despite not recording a hit. Leadoff hitter Jonah Todd walked, moved to second on a wild pitch and scored two balks later. The Tigers made it 2-0 in the fourth with back-to-back doubles from Jay Estes and Luke Jarvis.

Florida finally got on the board in the seventh when Nelson Maldonado doubled and later scored on a double-play grounder.

The Gators (13-7, 0-2) send righty Jackson Kowar (3-0, 2.19 ERA) to salvage a game today against Auburn right-hander Davis Daniel (1-0, 4.50 ERA). The 2 p.m. game will be carried on 103.7-FM.

LACROSSE

No. 3 Gators rout UConn in Big East

STORRS, Conn. — The Florida lacrosse team passed its first Big East Conference test with ease Saturday, topping the UConn Huskies, 20-10.

A pair of seven-point performances from sophomore attacker Lindsey Ronbeck (five goals, two assists) and senior attacker Mollie Stevens (five goals, two assists) led the No. 3 Gators (7-1). Stevens added five draw controls to bring her season total to 49.

The game was a back-and-forth affair for most of the afternoon, until the Gators went on an 8-2 run in the second half to put the Huskies (3-5) away. Freshman midfielder Brianna Harris scored five points (three goals, two assists). Caroline Fitzgerald paced the Gator defense, causing two turnovers and scooping up four ground balls. Sophomore goalkeeper Haley Hicklen added 10 saves.

The Gators return home to host Big East foe No. 14 Denver (6-1) at noon March 25. The Pioneers will be the fifth ranked team Florida has hosted in a row.

MEN'S GOLF

Gators in third place

STATESBORO, Ga. – The Florida's men's golf team moved up two spots into a tie for third Saturday after shooting a 282 (-6) in the second round of the Schenkel Invitational, moving the overall score to 564 (-12).

Four Gators carded four birdies or more and three of them (Ryan Orr, Sam Horsfield, Gordon Neal) tallied five. For the round, the team notched 21 birdies for the second day in a row.

Georgia Southern moved into the top spot after shooting a 276 (-12), finishing at 556 (-20). Georgia Southern's Brett Barron leads the individual scores, carding a 66 (-6) on day two to finish 133 (-11) overall.

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