UF Roundup: No. 10 Georgia takes softball series from No. 2 UF

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Florida's Nicole DeWitt (23) at bat. [Brad McClenny/The Gainesville Sun]

ATHENS, Ga. – The No. 2 Florida softball team fell 11-1 in five innings to No. 10 Georgia on Saturday, ending the streak of winning 13 consecutive Southeastern Conference series.

Florida (22-3, 3-2 SEC) had six hits, with senior Nicole DeWitt going 2-for-2 with a walk.

But it was all Georgia (26-1, 5-0) on this day. The Bulldogs scored all their runs in the first four innings, including a seven spot in the third and collected 10 for the game.

Brittany Gray (13-0) dominated in the circle, while Kelly Barnhill (11-1) dropped her first decision of the season.

The Gators got on the scoreboard in the third and cut the Bulldogs lead to 2-1. Freshman Hannah Adams doubled with one out to start the rally and later scored on a Amanda Lorenz single.

Georgia then struck back for seven runs in the bottom of the inning to extend the lead out to 9-1.

Florida looks to salvage the final game of the series at 2 p.m. Sunday.

Men’s golf: At Statesboro, Ga., the Gators moved up four spots on the second day of the Schenkel Invitational and sit seventh heading into the final round.

Florida shot 9-under par in round two which was the second best score on the course to shoot past Notre Dame, Georgia State, UAB and East Tennessee State. Vanderbilt still leads the tourney at 553 (-23).

The top three in the Gator lineup were 9-under including a 5-under round from freshman Chris Nido. Nido had just one bogey on the day while dropping in four birdies and an eagle on the par-four No. 5. He was the biggest mover on the course jumping up 38 spots and is currently tied for 20th at 2-under par for the weekend.

Gordon Neale shot 3-under par including a flawless scorecard from holes 3-18 and four birdies. Neale moved up 30 positions and is tied for 40th on the leaderboard.

Andy Zhang joined them in shooting sub par round as he carded a 1-under 71 which included four birdies from holes 3-7.

2 COMMENTS

  1. Its pretty clear that Georgia and everyone else are asking the umpires to scrutinize Kelly Barnhill for illegal pitches and that is affecting her game. It sucks that the rule is different for college and international play. I guess she is going to have to modify her delivery if she is going to be effective this year but that could hurt her in prep for the Olympics. Seems like it is time to change the college rule.

  2. Ocasio saves the Gators with a stellar performance today. Losing 2 on the road to GA is tough, but if they had lost today, they would have been 3 behind GA, now they are only 1 game behind and coming home for 2 series. The fresh and soph pitchers got learning experiences yesterday in a game Gators were run ruled. But, the senior Ocasio got tough and stopped the skid today. Go Ocasio.